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The Integration and demonstration of Large Stationary Fuel Cell Systems for Distributed Generation

Periodic Report Summary 6 - CLEARGEN DEMO (The Integration and demonstration of Large Stationary Fuel Cell Systems for Distributed Generation)

Project Context and Objectives:
The CLEARgen Demo project addresses the topic “SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.3.6 aiming on Field demonstration of large stationary fuel cell systems for distributed generation and other relevant commercial or industrial applications”. Certain industries, such as chemical production or petroleum refining have been identified as producing large quantities of by-product hydrogen that can be used to produce clean, load-following power on a distributed basis, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. While the chemical production industry generally acknowledges the potential value of stationary fuel cell applications, the lack of multiple megawatt-scale European reference sites is a significant barrier to widespread adoption.
The CLEARgen Demo proposal aims to address this need.
The main objectives of the CLEARgen Demo Project are:
1)The development and construction of a large scale fuel cell system for conversion of by-product hydrogen, purpose-built for the European market,
2)The validation of the technical and economic readiness of the fuel cell system power generation at the megawatt scale,
3)The field demonstration and deployment of fuel cell megawatt scale power system at a European chemical production plant.

Project Results:
During this period, the main tasks on the project are focus on logistic and first step of construction.
Additional delay occurs due to civil works again. Nevertheless, all issues are solved and the probability to new issue due to facts unobservable is low. All re-engineering process are achieved, and civil works had started.
All equipment was delivered on site including fuel cell, PSA system, cooler for hydrogen flow, tanks, analyzer and valves.

Potential Impact:
It is expected that the ClearGen Demo field demonstration will show that the large stationary PEM fuel cell systems for distributed power generation are environmentally friendly and commercially relevant for Chemical process industrial applications, where alternatively excess of hydrogen today is vented. Certain Chemical production and petroleum refineries are today producing large quantities of by-product hydrogen that can be used to produce clean, load-following electrical power on a distributed basis, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The aim of the project ClearGen Demo remains the implementation of a large fuel cell in respect to EU specifications in the site of SARA Martinique and the deminstration of the viability of such technology, the decrease of operation costs and the increase of stacks lifetime.
Demonstrating the ClearGen Demo shows that the technology now is ready for a broader deployment in the connection with the relevant industries and the setup will serve as a showcase for other relevant industries and will break the ground for further installations in Europe.
The conversion of vented hydrogen into useful electrical power and heat will lower the environmental load on the planet. The demonstration site was chosen for the ability to provide a strong reference and show showcase in order to convince other European industries with hydrogen as a by-product that large fuel cell power systems will be a greener solution to get value from vented hydrogen.
List of Websites:
www.cleargen.eu