Full Title: Procuring Fuel Cells for Stationary Power: A Guide for Federal Facility Decision Makers
Author(s): Joseph McGervey and David Stinton
Publisher(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: 10/2011
Length: 102 pages, PDF
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The potential use of fuel cell technologies at federal sites is currently gaining more and more attention due to their potential to enhance critical systems performance, to meet executive branch sustainability targets, and to promote a clean energy technology. Fuel cell systems can use either natural gas or renewable fuels (i.e., biogas), and fuel-cell-driven combined heat and power (CHP) systems can deliver reliable electricity and heat with up to 90% efficiency. When fuel cells are primarily being used for power, the heat they generate can be used internally to reform fuel and achieve up to 60% efficiency in distributed generation applications.