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Author Criner, D. E. ♦ Steitz, P. ♦ Flynn, B. R.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY ♦ DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION ♦ CO-GENERATION ♦ FUEL CELL POWER PLANTS ♦ PAPER INDUSTRY ♦ CALIFORNIA ♦ ECONOMICS ♦ ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ♦ FEASIBILITY STUDIES ♦ POWER GENERATION ♦ STEAM GENERATION ♦ THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES ♦ DEUS ♦ INDUSTRY ♦ NORTH AMERICA ♦ PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ♦ POWER PLANTS ♦ USA ♦ WESTERN REGION ♦ WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY 290800* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Heat Utilization-- (1980-) ♦ Fuel Cells
Abstract Co-generation with a fuel cell has several attractive industrial applications because it offers significant fuel savings, according to a DOE-sponsored feasibility study. The study explored the possibilities of using a 4.8-MW fuel-cell power plant at a California paper mill and concluded that 37,000 barrels of oil a year could be saved. Fuel-cell characteristics give it greater efficiency than a conventional steam plant, a high efficiency in small units, a constant efficiency over a wide load range, modest water requirements, and very small emission levels. An economic study determined that municipal ownership would be more feasible than corporate ownership in spite of some uncertainties. The economics would improve with the use of larger units. Public utilities are advised to keep a close watch on fuel-cell research and development for possible future application to their systems. 2 tables. (DCK)
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1980-01-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Public Power
Volume Number 38
Issue Number 1


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