Fuel Cell Power Plants in the USA
Carla's Pasta
Location: CT
Operator: Carla's Pasta Inc
Configuration: 1 X 300-kW CHP DFC300
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2012
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: LoganEnergy
Quick facts: This commercial FC was built using a a bridge loan of $2.175m from Connecticut Innovations combined with a $750,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and a $4mn forgivable loan from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). Carla’s Pasta opened in 1978 and usually runs round-the-clock .

Photograph courtesy of FuelCell Energy Inc
Posted 2 Oct 2016

Central Park
Location: NY
Operator: New York Power Authority
Configuration: 1 X 200 kW
Fuel: gas
Operation: 1999
FC supplier: ONSI

Photograph courtesy of fuelcells.org
Posted 21 Sep 2004

Chico Brewery
Location: CA
Operator: Sierra Nevada Brewing
Configuration: 4 X 250 kW CHP
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2005
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: Alliance Power
Quick facts: This industrial FC application and covers about two-third of the brewery electricity demand. Steam is also generated and supplied to the 125psi system. Construction started in Jan 2005 and the last machine went online in mid-May.  It is planned to use biogas from anaerobic digestion of plant wastewater slurry for the molten carbonate devices. Alliance Power is responsible for plant operations.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 9 Sep 2006

CSU East Bay
Location: CA
Operator: Pacific Gas and Electric Co
Configuration: 1 X 1.4-MW CHP DFC1500
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2011
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: Otto H Rosentreter Co
Quick facts: This $7mn pilot project is at the the Hayward Campus of California State University, East Bay. It was dedicated in Ovt 2011. In addition to electricity, the installation supplies hot water for two swimming pools and some campus housing.

Photograph courtesy of FuelCell Energy Inc
Posted 2 Oct 2016

Eastlake PEM
Location: OH
Operator: FirstEnergy Generation Corp
Configuration: 1-MW PEM
Operation: 2010
Fuel: natural gas
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: SCS Engineers, Alliance Power
Quick Facts: This containerized system was installed for a multi-year demonstration at the Eastlake power station. It is thought to be the largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell yet built.

Photograph courtesy of Ballard Power Systems
Posted 15 Aug 2010

El Estero WWTP
Location: CA
Operator: Alliance Power
Configuration: 2 X 250-kW DFC300A cells
Operation: 2004
Fuel: digester gas
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: SCS Engineers, Alliance Power
Quick Facts: El Estero was opened by the Santa Barbara Public Works Dept in 1951. The fuel cell project was dedicated in Feb 2005 and was the eighth of its type undertaken by FuelCell Energy.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

Gills Onions
Location: CA
Operator: Gills Onions
Configuration: 2 X 250 kW 300 MA fuel cells
Fuel: biogas
Operation: 2009
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: Deaton & Associates LLC
Quick facts: Gills is the nation's largest producer of fresh whole peeled, diced, and pureed onions. The fuel cells were ordered in Aug 2006 and run on biogas from digestion of onion juice and onion processing waste. This conserved both land and water resources previously used for composting and waste disposal. Southern California gas supplied incentive funding from California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Self Generation Program.

Photograph courtesy of Deaton & Associates
Posted 7 Feb 2009

Inland Regional Water Recycling Plant No 1
Location: CA
Operator: Anaergia Services
Configuration: 1 X 2.8-MW CHP DFC3000
Fuel: digester gas
Operation: 2012
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
Quick facts: RP No 1 is in Ontario and first went online in 1984. There have been several upgrdes since then. In 2010, Inland Empire Utilities Agency signed a 20yr PPA with UTS Bioenergy/Anaergia for the new FC system. It is fueld primarily with digester gas and was the largest such installation in the world at completion.

Photograph courtesy of FuelCell Energy Inc
Posted 2 Oct 2016

John Ferraro Building
Location: CA
Operator: Los Angeles Dept Water & Power
Configuration: 1 X 250 kW
Fuel: gas
Operation: 2003
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 13 Feb 2004

MAREC
Location: MI
Operator: Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center
Configuration: 1 X 250 kW
Fuel: gas
Operation: 2004
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
Quick facts: The 25,000 sq ft MAREC facility is believed to be the first commercial project in the world to integrate fuel cell technology, a heat recovery system for heating and air conditioning, photovoltaics and a nickel metal hydride battery storage system to store excess energy.

Photograph courtesy of MAREC
Posted 15 Mar 2006

McDonalds West Babylon
Location: NY
Operator: Long Island Power Authority
Configuration: 1 X 5 kW GenSys 5CS
Fuel: gas
Operation: 2003
FC supplier: Plug Power Inc

Photograph courtesy of Long Island Power Authority
Posted 1 Feb 2004

Pepperidge Farm Bloomfield
Location: CT
Operator: Pepperidge Farm Inc
Configuration: 1 X 250 kW CHP
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2005
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: PPL
Quick facts: This installation supplies about 20% of the baseload power required along with hot water for a 265,000 ft² bakery. The project was partially funded by the Connecticut Clean Energy Find and also received a grant from the U.S. Dept of Defense.

Photograph courtesy of PPL Renewable Energy
Posted 25 May 2008

Riverside Water Quality Control Plant
Location: CA
Operator: Riverside Public Works Department
Configuration: 1 X 1.4-MW DFC1500 CHP
Fuel: digester gas, natural gas
Operation: 2016
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: FuelCell Energy Inc
Quick facts: This turnkey project went into operation on 7 Sep 2016.

Photograph courtesy of FuelCell Energy Inc
Posted 2 Oct 2016

San Jose WWTP
Location: CA
Operator: Anaergia Services
Configuration: 1 X 1.4-MW DFC1500 CHP
Fuel: digester gas, natural gas
Operation: 2016
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: Otto H Rosentreter Co
Quick facts: This FCP at the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant was ordered by UTS Bioenergy LLC in Nov 2010. It went online in Sep 2012. UTS/Anaergia has a 20yr PPA with the WWTP. The treatment plant on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay was opened in 1956 and has been expanded twice.

Photograph courtesy of FuelCell Energy Inc
Posted 2 Oct 2016

Sheraton Edison Raritan Center
Location: CT
Operator: PPL Renewable Energy
Configuration: 1 X 250 kW CHP
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2003
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: H T Lyons, PPL
Quick facts: This installation supplies about 25% of the hotel's electricity and hot water needs and is part of  a master energy service agreement between PPL and Starwood Hotels and resorts, Sheraton's owner.

Photograph courtesy of PPL Renewable Energy
Posted 25 May 2008

Sierra Nevada Brewery
Location: CA
Operator: Alliance Power Inc
Configuration: 4 X 250-kW DFC300A cells
Operation: 2005
Fuel: natural gas
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: Alliance Power
Quick Facts: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co built this plant to attain energy self-sufficiency for its Chico brewery. The four molten carbonate fuel cell modules can produce 1.2 mmBTU/hr of 125 psi steam in addition to electric power. The plan is to eventually switch from natural gas to methane extracted from anaerobic digester gas that is created by the grain and wastewater byproducts of the brewing process. 40% of the funding came from the California PUC’s Self Generation Incentive Program. FuelCell Energy provides maintenance services under an LTSA.

Photograph courtesy of California Biomass Collaborative
Posted 27 Dec 2007

South Treatment Plant
Location: WA
Operator: King County
Configuration: 1 X 1 MW
Fuel: digester gas
Operation: 2004
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc

Photograph courtesy of King County Wastewater Treatment Div
Posted 21 Sep 2004

UC San Diego Energy Innovation Park
Location: CA
Operator: BioFuels Energy LLC
Configuration: 1 X 2.8-MW DFC3000 CHP
Fuel: digester gas, natural gas
Operation: 2012
FC supplier: FuelCell Energy Inc
EPC: Otto H Rosentreter Co
Quick facts: UC San Diego’s Energy Innovation Park houses a 2.8-MW fuel cell, a high-efficiency, tracking PV array, a CNG fueling station, and a chiller plant to provide cold water to the Moores Cancer Center and Shiley Eye Center. UCSD partnered with BioFuels Energy LLC to secure the FCP and purified digester gas from the Point Loma WWTP, about 1,000ft away. Construction on the $19mn fuel cell project began in Dec 2010.

Photograph courtesy of FuelCell Energy Inc
Posted 2 Oct 2016

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 02-Oct-2016

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