U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Fuel Cell Technologies Office
DOE Hydrogen Program Announces Fuel Cell Power Model for Financial Analysis
December 4, 2009
The DOE Hydrogen Program’s Fuel Cell Power (FCPower) Model is a financial tool for analyzing high-temperature, fuel cell-based tri-generation systems. It can be used to determine the cost of delivered energy, and it quantifies energy inputs/outputs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Case study data for the FCPower Model include building energy load profiles and solar/wind resource profiles for U.S. cities in eight climate zones. Learn more about fuel cell power analysis and how to download and use the Fuel Cell Power Model case study data.
Tri-generation systems provide onsite-generated heat and electricity to large stationary end users (e.g., office complexes) and produce hydrogen that can be used for fueling vehicles or stored and later converted to electricity. These systems can play an important role in early fuel cell markets by lowering hydrogen production costs, enabling distributed hydrogen production, lowering fossil energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing electricity transmission congestion, lowering capital investment risk, and providing backup power functionality.