25 October 2006 — FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced it will supply a power plant that will run on a supply of fuel from dairy-processing waste, generating electricity to run a municipal wastewater treatment plant serving California’s San Joaquin Valley region.
The proposal for FuelCell Energy’s Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant, submitted by distribution partner Alliance Power Inc., was selected by the city of Tulare.
According to FuelCell, wastewater treatment facilities are an ideal application for DFC power plants based on their ability to operate on anaerobic digester gas, which is classified as a renewable fuel and eligible for government incentive funding. Additionally, because DFC power plants generate electricity without combustion, they reduce emissions of gas and particulates while generating power.
The 750 kW power plant, consisting of three DFC units, will be installed in spring 2007 to provide around-the-clock electricity for the wastewater treatment plant. In addition, surplus heat generated from its operation will be used in generating the gas to be used as fuel for added energy efficiency.
The Tulare project will be eligible to receive $3,375,000 in incentives from California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) currently administered by Pacific Gas & Electric in the San Joaquin Valley.