AMO recently joined with FuelCell Energy of Danbury, CT to celebrate the completion of their successful partnership project at their Torrington, CT manufacturing plant. In addition to the generation of heat and power exceeding 75% efficiency, this unique CHP system also provides a stream of high purity hydrogen for use in manufacturing operations. Hydrogen-rich gas mixtures are commonly used to protect metal surfaces during manufacturing. The Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant uses clean natural gas to generate electricity and process heat for manufacturing, and provides facility heat and hot water, and the hydrogen needed to make a protective atmosphere for subsequent fuel cell manufacturing.
“The operation of this tri-gen fuel cell system creates a manufacturing platform for more cost effective production of future fuel cell systems. This ‘learn-by-making and –using’ approach is a great example of public/private partnering that will result in real-world benefits,” said Mark Johnson, AMO Director. “The tri-gen technology demonstrates efficient power and heat production combined with on-site hydrogen production and has the potential to find applications in many process industries that use a reducing atmosphere for manufacturing.”