- Potential to reduce carbon footprint for Canadian oil sands extraction by capturing approximately 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually while producing 8 million kilowatt hours of ultra-clean power with one fuel cell power plant
- Scalable fuel cell carbon capture solution could lead to greater carbon capture at Canadian oil sands
- Multi-phase project beginning with engineering study to prove application and potentially leading to megawatt-scale fuel cell carbon application at an existing gas-fired plant
"The Canadian oil sands are a key near-term market for carbon capture and we are pleased to provide a potential solution to enhance these oil sands operations with affordable, efficient and clean carbon capture via fuel cells," said Chip Bottone, Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. "We look forward to joining forces with Alberta Innovates to prove this game-changing application and work towards demonstrating the system at commercial-scale for an oil sands application."The study will focus on how a fuel cell power plant can separate and capture CO 2 from both the Husky Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) heavy oil thermal facility and the Scotford bitumen upgrading facility, where bitumen extracted from the oil sands is converted into synthetic crude oil. The fuel cell carbon capture solution efficiently concentrates the CO 2 from the facility's extraction process as a side reaction to fuel cell power generation and this ability to produce power while simultaneously capturing CO 2 is the critical differentiator compared to conventional capture technologies. The study will determine how a megawatt-scale FuelCell Energy power plant operating on natural gas can affordably capture up to 43 tons of CO 2 per day as well as destroy approximately 70 percent of the nitrogen oxide (NO x) in the flue gas routed to the fuel cell from the bitumen upgraders. These upgraders convert heavy oil (bitumen) into synthetic crude oil. Fuel cell power plants configured for carbon capture will utilize natural gas as the fuel source and process the flue gas from the natural gas-fired boiler at the heavy oil thermal facility into the fuel cell air system, where CO 2 is transferred across the fuel cell membrane for concentration in the fuel exhaust stream during power generation. This efficient CO 2 concentration is a side reaction of the standard fuel cell power generation process. In addition to partial NO x destruction, fuel cells generate excess process water, resulting in a reduction of the overall water intensity of the host gas-fired plant. Learn more about this fuel cell carbon capture solution including a schematic that illustrates the affordable economics for ratepayers - click here About Alberta Innovates Alberta Innovates is an important investment in the growth and diversification of Alberta's economy. The corporation builds on provincial strengths in health, environment, energy, food, fibre and emerging technologies to produce results that contribute to the province's health, social and economic future. Alberta Innovates delivers the kind of cross-sectoral support and leadership that Alberta's world-class researchers, entrepreneurs and industry innovators need to thrive in a globally competitive research and innovation context. Services, tools, expertise, partnerships and funding from Alberta Innovates support a broad range of research and innovation activity, from discovery to application, with the focus on accelerating commercial outcomes. Find out more at http://albertainnovates.ca About FuelCell Energy Direct FuelCell ® power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power on three continents, affordably providing continuous distributed power generation to a variety of industries including utilities, commercial and municipal customers. The Company's power plants have generated billions of kilowatt hours of ultra-clean power using a wide variety of fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as clean natural gas. For additional information, please visit www.fuelcellenergy.com and follow us on Twitter. Direct FuelCell, DFC, DFC/T, DFC-H2, DFC-ERG and FuelCell Energy logo are all registered trademarks of FuelCell Energy, Inc.
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