Biomass fuel cell project planned for California

By Staff | May 06, 2013

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Humboldt County, Calif., has purchased a 175 kW ClearGen distributed generation fuel cell system from Ballard Power Systems. The system will be integrated with a biomass gasification system and a syngas purification unit, resulting in an integrated biomass-to-fuel cell power solution that has the potential to double the efficiency of the biomass power production.

The system will use a pyrolysis gasification technology to convert waste woody biomass into syngas, which will be purified into a high-quality hydrogen stream. The hydrogen will fuel the ClearGen fuel cell system. Once operational, the plant will provide base-load power to the tribe’s commercial enterprises. Waste heat will heat a swimming pool at an adjacent hotel.

Schatz Energy Research Center, which is affiliated with Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering program, will provide support for the project. A proposed funding award from the California Energy Commission’s Community Scale Renewable Energy Development, Deployment and Integration Program is helping fund the project.


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  1. Jacob Stevens



    Interesting video and links showing fuel cell technology working with municipal wastewater treatment plants in California producing 3 value streams of hydrogen, electricity and heat all from a human waste! Impressive in my opinion... "New fuel cell sewage gas station in Orange County, CA may be world's first" "It is here today and it is deployable today," said Tom Mutchler of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a sponsor and developer of the project. Microsoft Backs Away From Grid


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