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Fuel Cell-Based Power Plants For Japan

Posted on March 2, 2010

Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen have signed a business development agreement to develop and market fuel cell-based power systems for distributed power generation applications in Japan. The combined heat and power applications, which can be run on either city gas or bio gas, will feature the use of Wärtsilä's fuel cell technology.

The applications will be developed in cooperation by both companies, and marketed by Hitachi Zosen. Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen will utilize and combine their experience in technology and business development to provide the fuel cell-based power for the Japanese distributed energy markets.

Since Wärtsilä's fuel cells can utilize natural gas, city gas, and biogas as fuel, they produce almost zero nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate emissions. .

Wärtsilä has delivered a fuel cell unit producing electric and heating power to the Vaasa Housing Fair site in Western Finland. The power generating unit, which runs on landfill gas, has been in operation for more than 1500 hours, producing electricity and heat for local households without creating any significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions, said the company. Wärtsilä's competence center for fuel cell technology is located at Otaniemi in Espoo, Finland. Operation of the fuel cell unit is supported by personnel from Wärtsilä's engine laboratory in Vaasa, Finland.

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