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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

    2013-06-02

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    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" http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/st... "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 http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2012/... http://www.fuelcelltoday.com/news-events/news-archive/2012/october/28-mw-fuel-cell-using-biogas-now-operating-largest-ppa-of-its-kind-in-north-america

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