World’s Biggest Fuel Cell to Combat City’s Peak Power

The world’s largest fuel cell built by Ballard Power Systems will be moving to the Eastlake Plant of Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. The world’s biggest hydrogen fuel cell is rated at 1 megawatt and is called ClearGen, which is a utility scale generator.

This will be a multi-year demonstration of the zero emissions capability of this stationary fuel cell located approximately 44 miles north of Akron, Ohio. The purpose of the fuel cell is to provide peak energy to homes and businesses cleanly especially during hot summer months when homeowners and businesses alike are running air conditioning, lights and other machines and appliances that are a drain to electricity supplies.

Peak energy for a power company is also the time where most pollution is generated by either coal or natural gas. So, having this utility scale hydrogen fuel cell supplying power to the peak load for the utility company will do double duty in cutting emissions.

Look more an increasing number of stationary utility scale hydrogen fuel cells to be coming onto the market in the near future.

3 Responses to World’s Biggest Fuel Cell to Combat City’s Peak Power

  1. Dr J D Bapat September 9, 2010 at 1:55 am #

    1 MW FC plant is a major step forward. The experience gained shall be useful.

  2. Prof Vidyanand S Galphade September 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Its major break through. Along with giant fuel cell plant, we should put efforts in developing small fuel cells for a house, so that they will fulfill the energy needs of villages and tribal/remote places in developing and under developed countries.

  3. Keith D. Patch June 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    FuelCell Energy’s 1-MW Direct Fuel Cells have been available for a while, so its not too much of a breakthrough, IMHO.