ClearEdge Fuel Cell Successfully Operating on Biomethane in Güssing, Austria
04 Sep 2012
Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH has announced that the first stage of its fuel cell deployment in Güssing, Austria has been completed. In partnership with ClearEdge Power, the US-based provider of fuel cell micro-CHP (combined heat and power) systems, a ClearEdge fuel cell system was installed and configured to run on Güssing’s CARE FUEL biomethane supply generated from regional residual biomass. The two companies announced Monday that the system has successfully been up and running at its full 5 kW capacity since 20 August 2012.
This step is important in demonstrating the viability of operating the ClearEdge system with the biomethane, which is generated via gasification of sustainably cultivated biomass, and converting it to usable power and heat for the local community.
Michael Dichand, Chairman of Güssing Renewable Energy, said they now feel confident moving forward with the subsequent stages of the agreement, including the installation of 8.5 MW of fuel cell systems in Austria over the next three years and 50 MW installed by 2020, to create cost-effective energy security for the region.
ClearEdge Power CEO David B. Wright has commented that the use of biomethane with the company’s efficient fuel cell system allows for an even greater reduction of environmental impact. After the successful deployment in Austria, ClearEdge Power intends to move forward with international expansion plans, with Güssing as partner in the European market.
Photo: Biological gasification / fermentation facility (Güssing Renewable Energy)