A $6 million cost share award from the U.S. Department of Energy has been made to Danbury-based Fuel Cell Energy Incorporated. The funding will be used to continue existing research and development under phase III of the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance coal-based systems program.
The program is a collaboration between the Federal Government, private industry, and academia to develop megawatt-class solid oxide fuel cell power plants to efficiently and cleanly generate electricity.
Fuel Cell officials say the award is meant to further enhance the performance and endurance of a 60 kilowatt solid oxide fuel cell power plant connected to the electric grid at FuelCell Energy's Danbury facility.
Vice President Application Engineering & Advanced Technology Development Tony Leo says the company is making excellent progress towards commercial applications with leading edge solid oxide fuel cell technology for stationary applications. Leo says the high efficiency power generation advances the nation's energy security while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The award is for 12 months and under the program's cost share parameters, the D.O.E. will fund 70-percent of the total award amount or $4.2 million.