Natural Gas Powered Fuel Cells
A fuel cell is an electromechanical device that converts the chemical energy from the methane in natural gas into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen.
Not only are fuel cells quiet and reliable, with no moving parts and a durability of up to 20 years, but they convert natural gas directly into electricity with heat and a total system efficiency that can be much higher than other generation sources.
And instead of the carbon dioxide byproduct from generating electricity with water, biomass and fossil fuels, the only byproduct of fuel cells is using hydrogen as a fuel to produce electricity with water and heat as the only by-products.
In these videos, hear what some of our customers had to say about fuel cell technology in a panel discussion Eversource held at its Fuel Cell Forum earlier this year. Topics include about fuel cells, natural gas and fuel cells, challenges, financing, and safety.
- Reduced operating costs - lowers grid electric use and overall electric costs.
- Resiliency - Fast return to normal operations during a grid outage.
- Business continuity - N+1 redundant or backup power source to critical non-life safety loads during a grid outage.
- Islanding capability - continuous operations island mode upon a grid outage.
- Microgrid capability - 24/7 resilient power to ensure operational integrity for critical public safety facilities. Fuel cells provide a 24/7/365 gas load.
- No louder than piano music.
(Source: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – LEED)
Interested in finding out how fuel cells can save your organization money? Contact Eversource's John Ferrelli at 203-596-3004 for more information.