Fuel Cell Technologies begins first European test of SOFC system
KINGSTON, ONT-Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT), in Kingston, recently shipped a 5 kilowatt (kW) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) combined heat and power (CHP) system to the University of Liege, Belgium. The demonstration at the university is the first of several installations planned for Europe this year. FCT began producing its 5kW SOFC system early this year. The system, which uses tubular solid oxide technology, will be compared to conventional methods of power and heat generation at the University of Liege's Montefiore Institute. "European markets are showing tremendous interest in our product. By providing validation of the functionality of an FCT system, the installation at the University of Liege is a step toward entering these markets", said FCT chairman and CEO John Stannard. The company's SOFCs are designed to operate on various readily available fuels to provide an efficient, environmentally friendly source of on-site electricity and heat. The systems are particularly suited to remote, commercial, industrial and residential applications.