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Stationary Fuel Cells: A Microgrid Gap Solution for Today and the Zero-Carbon Future
Fuel cells will bridge the gap towards a resilient and sustainable future.
As our aging grid becomes electrified, and as the demand for resiliency and green energy grows, customers continue to find the limitations imposed by traditional solar and battery systems. Energy from solar and batteries will not be enough to power each building sector. An additional form of power generation, with the ability to be installed on quicker timelines, is needed.
A new special report from Instant On and Bosch is designed to teach the basics of fuel cells to microgrid developers and service professionals. The report covers how fuel cells can serve as a microgrid gap solution and how they enable a transition to a zero-carbon future. The author also explains how this technology provides new opportunities for professionals such as distributed energy resource installers, plumbers, and engineering, procurement and construction contractors.
In the face of blackouts, fires, and other natural disasters, customers experience first-hand the need to decouple their reliance on the utility companies, to protect against outages, and to ensure resiliency for homes and businesses. Traditional backup generators have been described as a dirtier, less safe, and expensive solution. Solar, even if paired with batteries, does not guarantee protection. Microgrid energy systems which utilize Fuel Cells provide reliable resiliency.
The Future is Fuel Cells
Learn from Professor Jack Brouwer, Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) at UC Irvine
Learn how Microsoft has been innovating with datacenter energy to gain efficiencies and become more environmentally friendly, using Fuel Cells.
Backup Emergency Generators Are Not The Solution
Video: Diesel Generator Causes Fire During PG&E Power Shutoffs.
Keep reading to learn about more reliable Fuel Cell Technology.
Backup generators have been linked to air quality concerns, health risks, and pose a fire safety challenges themselves.
Without diligent, continuous maintenance and a large supply of fuel, emergency generators lack the reliability required in disasters.
Backup generators and solar are not always the most efficient solution for every customer. Customers need to integrate a variety of tech.
Understanding CHP Generation
Combined Heat and Power units (CHP) generate power onsite, using natural gas. Unlike normal generators, CHP and Fuel Cells provide a consistent and reliable flow of energy to buildings while emitting substantially less pollutants. CHP units are not affected by clouds or power outages, can be utilized to produce free heat for domestic and commercial use. Through avoiding transmission line inefficiencies, CHPs are generally are substantially more carbon friendly than traditional utility power.