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Fuel-cell deal produces power from by-product hydrogen


August 6, 2010
by PLANT STAFF

VANCOUVER: Ballard Power Systems has finalized a sales agreement for deployment of a fuel cell power generator that produces clean energy from by-product hydrogen at a K2 Pure Solutions bleach plant in Pittsburg, Calif.

Ballard, a Vancouver-based hydrogen fuel technology developer and manufacturer, said its CLEARgen fuel cell system will convert by-product hydrogen into clean load-following electricity that will partially offset power demand at the state-of-the-art plant.

K2, a contract manufacturer of private label household bleach, personal care and household cleaning products, will market what it describes as “ safer produced bleach” for use water utilities and other industries as an alternative to conventionally made bleach, typically manufactured from chlorine transported by railcar.

Ballard’s system will use by-product hydrogen that would otherwise be burned to generate heat.

By supplementing its power requirements with the 163 kilowatt fuel cell generator, K2 will displace approximately 220 tons of CO2 emissions annually, equivalent to removing almost 40 passenger cars from the road.

Ballard said California’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) will support the initial small-scale installation. To date the program has created over 337 megawatts of clean, rebated energy capacity for the state.
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