Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!
HOME
EDITOR'S BLOG
FEATURE ARTICLES
GET STARTED

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit http://www.lorman.com/training/CaliforniaGreenSolutions for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > Feature Articles > Alternative Energy Solutions

High Efficiency Fuel Cell Technology Promises 80% Efficiency

The potential applications of fuel cell technology is broad -- from automotive, to stationery equipment, to electrical generation and cooling heat and power.

Find green business solutions
Based on the extensive research and commercialization going on in California to develop fuel cell technology and an infrastructure for this clean energy member of the new green economy, fuel cells provide many benefits:
  • Greater efficiency than distributed generation combustion technologies,
  • Ultra‐low emissions of traditional pollutants like nitrogen oxides
  • Fuel diversity
  • Ease of siting
  • High end‐user reliability
The potential applications of fuel cell technology is broad. Applications cover stationary equipment, automotive vehicles, portable equipment, emergency back‐up (such as cell tower back‐up), and motive (e.g. forklifts) applications.

Fuel cell technology can also provide lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than today's commonly used distributed combustion generation.

Fuel cells running on renewable fuels or natural gas with effective waste heat utilization, have lower GHG emissions than grid-supplied electricity, according to a report by the California ETAAC Advanced Technology Sub-Group.

General availability of hydrogen generated from renewable energy would create another promising opportunity.

Current highly‐efficient fuel cell technologies being deployed in California include:

  • Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells (PEM) used in automotive, heavy duty truck, motive, and back‐up power applications;
  • Molten carbonate (MCFC) and solid oxide (SOFC) fuel cells used for stationary electrical generation, combined heat and power (CHP), and combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP) applications.

Electrical efficiencies of Molten carbonate (MCFC) and solid oxide (SOFC) fuel cells currently being deployed exceed 50% and with the addition of combined heat and power CHP or combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP) can approach or exceed 80% overall efficiency.

That's amazing efficiency!

Fuel cell‐gas turbine systems are currently in the development and testing phase and are expected to achieve electrical efficiencies of 70% or higher.

The National Fuel Cell Research Center is finalizing research on market and technical barriers and potential additional policy responses (under a California Energy Commission grant and research on the monetary value of stationary fuel cells relative to other generation technologies in collaboration with a number of fuel cell companies.

Two programs in California support broader deployment of fuel cell technology. Fuel cells qualify for

  • Self generation incentive program (SGIP) incentives;
  • California AB 1110 that allows the most efficient distributed electricity generation fuel cells to take advantage of subsidized natural gas delivery rates formerly only available for combined heat and power

RESOURCE:
National Fuel Cell Research Center



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
Submit
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| clean tech | green economy | renewable energy | fuel cell |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
BONUS DOWNLOAD (PDF)
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

SUBSCRIBE HERE
Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center

INSTANT GREEN POLL

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe
RECENT ARTICLES
SITE NAVIGATION
ABOUT US

Related Articles

Johnson Controls’ fifth annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey

Algae Industry Update from Scripps

Energy Generation Uses
Natural Resources | Water


Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Governance
Management
Manufacturing
Operations
Facilities
Transportation
Finance
Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here

ABOUT CALIFORNIA GREEN SOLUTIONS

We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |