Renewable energy system to provide power and heat to Blue Lake Rancheria
VANCOUVER, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) has announced the sale of a 175 kilowatt
ClearGen™ distributed generation fuel cell system to the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Humboldt County, California. The fuel cell system will be integrated
with a biomass gasifier and syngas purification unit to form an
integrated biomass-to-fuel cell power solution. The system will be the
first of its kind, with the potential to double the efficiency of
"The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is committed to renewable power to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and increase the energy efficiency of our
facilities," said Arla Ramsey, the Tribe's vice chairperson.
"Biomass-to-fuel cell power is an excellent match for our community and
our region, and we see tremendous potential for deployments beyond our
The system will convert locally-grown timber by-product feedstock into
hydrogen-rich syngas, using pyrolysis gasification technology. This
syngas will then be purified, resulting in a high quality hydrogen
stream, which will be used to power the ClearGen™ fuel cell system. The
plant will provide base load power for the Tribe's commercial
enterprises and by-product heat will be used to warm the swimming pool
in an adjacent hotel.
Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe will integrate the ClearGen™ system, biomass
gasifier and fuel purification unit with support from the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC), a research and teaching center affiliated with Humboldt State
University's Environmental Resources Engineering program.
"Using biomass to produce hydrogen is an important enabler for
distributed generation applications," said Larry Stapleton, Vice
President of Sales. "This initial installation will demonstrate a
renewable, high efficiency, low emission solution that is cost
competitive today in communities relying on diesel generators."
The project is supported by a proposed funding award to the Redwood
Coast Energy Authority, a local-government joint powers agency, from
the California Energy Commission's Community Scale Renewable Energy
Development, Deployment and Integration Program. That program focuses
on technical solutions enabling communities to rely primarily on
locally-available renewable resources to provide electricity at
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