The Role of Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Distributed Energy Systems
- Aug 22, 2019 11:38 pm GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2019-09 - Distributed Energy Resources, click here for more
Transformational technologies are making DERs possible
Alkaline fuel cells extracting hydrogen to generate long-duration backup power to sustain mission critical assets can play a significant role in Distributed Energy Resource (DER) topology, meeting two key objectives in parallel – on the one hand, fuel cells supply independent power for as long as the grid is not available; on the other hand, the stored energy in the fuel cell can instantly deliver power to the grid to support peak power demands.
The DER business model creates value both for local communities looking to reduce energy costs and retain control and for utilities looking to diversify, increase energy resilience, add customer value and create new revenue streams. Many utilities are looking to incorporate a distributed model to solve a variety of challenges, including compliance with environmental legislation, relieving pressure on overworked grids and meeting future energy demands.
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