Ansaldo and Enel in fuel cell push

Italian utility major Enel and Ansaldo Fuel Cells have signed a partnership agreement to develop a 500 kW fuel cell CHP system at Enel’s research centre in Livorno.

The system, which will be able to generate electricity as well as heating and cooling, will be operating by mid-2009, according to a statement from the companies.

Ansaldo Fuel Cells, a Finmeccanica company coordinated by Ansaldo Energia, is to develop, build and test an integrated trigeneration system with a molten carbonate fuel cell. Ansaldo Fuel Cells will install new components and solutions at the plant, which it says will provide superior performance compared to other demonstration plants completed in recent years.

The partnership also covers the joint development of certain system components, notably the interface between the fuel cells and the electricity grid.

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