Ben Toby, C.E.M.
VP National Accounts
FuelCell Energy, Inc.
The challenges of maintaining a steady operation on a modern microgrid are becoming more complex daily. With pressure to meet reliability and sustainability goals in the most efficient manner, microgrid developers are continuously searching for the right solutions to satisfy these many requirements. The flexibility of fuel cells to support both electric and thermal operations make them an ideal baseload generation source for the modern microgrid. Stationary fuel cells are quickly becoming recognized as an excellent application to meet the baseload requirements of microgrid operations. The combination of a small footprint, relative to other clean generation sources, combined with the high operational availability make fuel cells the smart choice for microgrids. Plus, the fact that fuel cells operate continuously means that the financial, resiliency, and environmental benefits are continuously realized, not simply during a grid disturbance or when the weather conditions are right. Commercial and academic campuses, as well as municipalities are deploying fuel cells as a generation source for microgrids due to the high uptime and availability as a baseload technology and as a compliment to other intermittent generation sources associated with a microgrid.
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