Santa Clara fuel-cell plant is up and running

Issue 7 and Volume 100.

Santa Clara fuel-cell plant is up and running

The Santa Clara Demonstration Project power plant, the world`s largest carbonate fuel cell power plant, is generating electricity, connected to the grid of the Santa Clara municipal electric system. The plant was built by Fuel Cell Engineering Corp., a subsidiary of Energy Research Corp.

Participants in the project, a 2-MW fuel cell power plant, are the City of Santa Clara, Calif., the Electric Power Research Institute, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Southern California Edison Co., the City of Vernon, Calif., and the SCDP Consortium, which includes the Salt River Project and the Northern California Power Agency.

Fuel Cell Engineering Corp. is also providing funding for the project. The fuel cell stacks of the plant are being provided through funding by the U.S. Department of Energy`s Morgantown Energy Technology Center. Fluor Daniel Inc. is the engineering and construction subcontractor for the project.