LADWP Headquarters Facility – Los Angeles, California
Project Owners / Partners
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
250 kW (net) Fuel Cell Energy Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Power Plant
In the mid-1990s, the LADWP was involved in the first full-scale utility demonstration of a molten carbonate fuel cell system. The 2 MW Fuel Cell Energy power plant was demonstrated for a total of 5,836 hours at the Scott Receiving Station in Santa Clara, California. The Santa Clara project demonstrated the operability, efficiency, and environmental benefits of Fuel Cell Energy's technology.
In the summer of 2001, the LADWP sited, installed, and began operation of a Fuel Cell Energy DFC300 power plant at its headquarters facility in downtown Los Angeles. The new and improved power plant is grid-connected and has a net electricity output of 250 kW. The power plant supplies electricity to the LADWP facility and serves as another example of the environmental advantages and distributed generation capabilities of molten carbonate fuel cells.
The DFC300 is approximately 11 feet high by 10.5 feet wide by 27 feet long. It weighs around 45 tons (~90,000 lbs). The efficiency of the DFC300 at rated output is approximately 47% (based on the lower heating value of natural gas).
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