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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, with help from Waste Services of the Bluegrass, is converting methane from a local landfill into renewable electricity to power Toyota’s Georgetown assembly plant.
Landfill gas is comprised of both methane and carbon dioxide, in addition to varying amounts of other contaminants. With the increasing number of landfills in the United States, the effect of landfill gas on the environment can be detrimental.
Scheduled for completion in early 2015, the project will not only provide enough power to produce 10,000 vehicles each year, but it will also lead to improved air-quality, reducing local air pollution as much as 90%.
FuelCell Energy, Inc., a provider of direct fuel cell power plants, has generated a cumulative three billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity from its Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plants since the first commercial installation in 2003. FuelCell Energy has customers in nine countries in North America, Asia and Europe; three billion kWh of electricity is adequate to power approximately 271,000 US homes for one year, or about 679,000 German homes or 837,000 South Korean homes.
The installed base of operating fuel cell power plants has doubled in two years as our broad range of global customers recognize the advantages of multi-megawatt fuel cell parks, including a 15 megawatt fuel cell park operating in North America and a 59 megawatt fuel cell park operating in South Korea, the world’s largest.—Chip Bottone, Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy
Utilizing an electro-chemical process, power is generated in a manner that is virtually absent of criteria pollutants including NOx, SOx, and PM.
Compared to the average US fossil-fuel power plant, 3 billion kWh of fuel cell power generation avoids the emission of approximately 25,600 tons of these criteria pollutants as well as approximately 1.9 million tons of carbon dioxide—equivalent to the carbon sequestered by about 1.4 million acres of U.S. forest. This land area is larger than the State of Rhode Island and almost as large as the State of Delaware.
The stationary fuel cell power plants manufactured by FuelCell Energy are fuel flexible, capable of operating on natural gas, on-site renewable biogas, or directed biogas. These megawatt-class power plants are scalable for multi-megawatt applications with large power users or electric grid support. The power plants provide continuous power that is not dependent on the weather or time of day.