Finnish engineering group Wärtsilä to supply a fuel cell-based combined heat and power unit to the Vaasa Housing Fair site in Western Finland.
The fuel cell power plant, which is based on planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, is the first of its kind in the world, says the company. Fuelled by biogas originating from a nearby landfill, initially it will produce approximately 20 kWe and 14-17 kWth.
The Vaasa Housing Fair, to be held between 11 July and 10 August 2008, is a pioneer in the implementation of energy production processes for a restricted area.
In addition to fuel cells, power and heat are produced with micro-turbines and from low-temperature heat collected from the sea bed using a geothermal heating pump.
Wärtsilä’s partners in the project include Sarlin Oy, Mateve Oy, Suomen Lämpöpumpputekniikka Oy, Sonera, as well as the City of Vaasa, Vaasan Sähköverkko, Vaasan Sähkö and Vaasan Vesi.
The technology development is supported by close collaboration with the Danish company Topsoe Fuel Cells A/S and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.