City Of Rialto teams with Chevron, FuelCell Energy to turn restaurant grease into renewable power

The environmentally friendly system will increase municipal revenues, reduce landfill wastes and lower greenhouse emissions by nearly 5.5 million tons annually, while decreasing the city's energy costs by about $800,000 a year. The system includes a 900-kilowatt fuel cell power plant, manufactured by FuelCell Energy (NasdaqNM: FCEL), that will generate electricity without combustion using methane, a biogas produced naturally on site by the organic materials contained in wastewater.

Small-scale cogeneration in Europe may be more widely applied than previously assumed, according to the 'COGEN Challenge' project team, which has registered the 500th cogeneration unit on its on-line database. Policymakers should therefore be more confident in the promotion of cogeneration and include it as a central part of their energy planning, says the team.

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