FuelCell Energy’s first full-scale commercial SureSource hydrogen plant has received the go-ahead from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Commission recently clarified and reinforced that the use of directed biogas is permissible under the Bioenergy Market Adjusting Tariff (BioMAT) program, a feed-in tariff program which allows eligible plants to sell power to one of the state’s three investor-owned utilities at a fixed price, thus clearing the way for the continued development of the Toyota Port of Long Beach FuelCell Energy hydrogen project.
Directed biogas is biomethane that is collected from waste plants, dairy farms and other facilities that emit methane as a byproduct of their daily operations. It is fed into the state’s network of gas pipelines allowing plants using directed biogas to draw it directly from the pipeline for their power production.
The carbon neutral 2.3MW plant will completely power the 130- acre Toyota facilities at the Port of Long Beach, which currently processes approximately 200,000 vehicles every year, and export the balance of the electricity to the Southern California grid.
“Today marks the start of a powerful new chapter for FuelCell Energy, the hydrogen powered transportation industry,” said Jason Few, president and CEO of FuelCell Energy. “California is leading in the way in United States by establishing hydrogen generation and fueling infrastructure. In addition to supporting Toyota’s local operations, the hydrogen produced by our fuel cell will be used to power zero-emission fuel cell trucks and consumer vehicles, paving the way for the replacement of high-emission diesel trucks with hydrogen-powered trucks on a larger scale that will cleanly move products around the world.”
“For the Port of Long Beach, FuelCell Energy is delivering the energy future,” said Few. “Beyond Southern California, new opportunities for the use of hydrogen-based power will penetrate the global transportation sector, creating new opportunities for FuelCell Energy to deliver on our purpose of enabling a world powered by clean energy.”