Cogeneration CHP, Energy Efficiency, On Site Power

Fuel cell CHP tops 10 GWh of operations

A stationary fuel cell system at St. Agnes Hospital in Bocholt, Germany, has reached 10 GWh of generated power and more than 52,000 operating hours with its original fuel cell stack, developer UTC Power says.

The United Technologies Corp. company, announced that its PureCell® model 200 was installed in 2000 to meet increased demand for on-site power due to new medical equipment. The current UTC Power PureCell unit produces 200 kWe plus about 870,000 Btu/hour of heat for combined heat and power applications.

The fuel cell provides the hospital with baseload electric power, heating in winter and air conditioning in summer, as well as domestic hot water. The availability of the fuel cell has been as high as 97% in most years.