Siemens Westinghouse Power's 100kW SOFC System Moved to Germany

August 05, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. (Orlando, FL) and RWE (Germany) announced that their longest-operating, high-temperature, fuel cell power system, the 100kW solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) co-generation system, has begun a new period of operation at a new site in Essen, Germany. The 100kW system has been installed at the Fuel Cell Pavilion at the Meteorit Park.

Siemens Westinghouse and RWE report that the system is currently delivering 110kW ac power to the grid, and will soon be connected to a hot water heat-recovery system to make use of the system's exhaust heat. RWE plans to run the system until 2002, when it will receive a larger 300kW prototype SOFC system from Siemens Westinghouse. The 100kW system was originally located in Westervoort, the Netherlands. It was moved to the Essen site, without any modification of the module, with funding from the US Department of Energy.

"We are delighted with the performance of the 100kW cogeneration system in the Netherlands and look forward to a second successful period of operation at RWE in Essen," said Thomas Voigt, president of the stationary fuel cells division of Siemens Westinghouse. "It's important to demonstrate long life and steady performance to provide confidence in our future products."