The future of energy is happening at the Port of Long Beach in California
Thanks to FuelCell Energy innovation.
FuelCell Energy (FCE) has taken a significant step towards it mission to enable a world empowered by clean energy through our first-of-its-kind, clean energy Tri-gen System at the Port of Long Beach in southern California.
The innovative system, commissioned by Toyota Motor North America and operated and serviced by FCE, is fueled by directed biogas from California landfills and is powering the automotive company’s largest port facility in North America.
FuelCell Energy’s innovative fuel cell technology supports Toyota’s operations at the port through an electrochemical process that converts directed renewable biogas into electricity, green hydrogen, and usable water with a highly efficient, combustion-free process that emits virtually no air pollutants.
The FuelCell Energy Tri-gen System is the first in the world to generate renewable electricity, renewable hydrogen, and usable water simultaneously, supporting the processing of about 200,000 Toyota vehicles through the port annually.
We invite you to learn more about this project, FuelCell Energy, and how our power generation, carbon capture, hydrogen production, and energy storage platforms are helping to deliver a more sustainable future for the world.
Renewable biogas, from organic waste, is delivered to the site by pipeline. The biogas contains methane that will be converted into hydrogen inside the fuel cell stacks.
Biogas is sprayed with water and humidified inside the saturator. Wetting the gas to an ideal water/methane ratio allows the steam reforming conversion of the fuel to hydrogen in the fuel cell stacks.
1000°F exhaust from the fuel cell stacks passes over tubescontaining saturated gas, heating the wet gas for thesteam-reforming process
The fuel cell stacks steam-reform the wet gas in to hydrogen using heat and water produced as byproducts of the fuel cell electrochemical power generation process. The combustion free process emits water, not pollutants.
Direct current (DC) from the fuel cell is converted into alternating current (AC) at the right voltage and frequency for delivery to the power grid or on-site use at nearby facilities.
Fuel gas leaving the fuel cell contains excess hydrogen and water vapor. Cold air is blown over tubes containing the gas, cooling the gas so the vapor condenses as water and is removed from the gas. Water is reused by the fuel cell and the excess is send to Toyota’s car washing station.
Hydrogen is purified to the level required by fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The purified hydrogen is then delivered to the hydrogen station where it is dispensed to fuel zero-emission vehicles.