1 October 2010 – FuelCell Energy has announced the sale of a 1.4 MW DFC1500 fuel cell power plant to the Rancho California Water District (RCWD) in southern California. Electricity from the fuel cell will power a pumping station located in Temecula, California, US.
The plant will use natural gas as fuel and is expected to be operational by late 2011.
Increasingly stringent exhaust permitting requirements at both the State and Federal level caused the RCWD to evaluate alternatives to the existing internal combustion natural gas-powered engines used at its Ace Bowen pumping station, which requires a reliable source of power that is available around the clock.
‘RCWD’s 2010 Strategic Plan included an objective to evaluate the use of renewable and efficient energy systems when economically appropriate. The favourable cost profile of the fuel cell power plant and the ability to meet current and future emissions requirements drove this purchasing decision,’ said Corey Wallace, engineering manager, RCWD.
‘The high efficiency of the fuel cell will decrease the amount of natural gas that we purchase, generating savings, and the estimated lifecycle costs of the fuel cell power plant, when coupled with available financial incentives, are lower than the alternatives considered.’
RCWD serves more than 140,000 people located in southwest Riverside County, California.
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