Archived—Stationary Fuel Cells for Residential Heating and Power Generation


Project Lead: Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd.

See the Project Fact Sheet for this investment.

Fuel cell TechnologiesThe Technology Partnerships Canada h2 Early Adopters (h2EA) program has invested $935,000 in a project to demonstrate hydrogen and hydrogen compatible technologies for use in electricity generation and heating in a residential application within the Toronto's Hydrogen Village.

This investment will enable a consortium led by Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd. (FCT), with Ontario Power Generation Inc., and the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM), to demonstrate an important step in the transition toward a hydrogen economy. (For further details on each of the organizations participating in this demonstration project, please refer to the Company Biographies document). Bringing together technologies and resources from all partners, the project will showcase the use of four 5kWe solid oxide fuel cells, arranged in mini-grid configuration to provide electricity and heating to a 12-unit student residence at the UTM.

In addition to the h2EA eligible companies, Enbridge and Air Liquid Canada will supply the natural gas and hydrogen required. Although these companies are not eligible to receive h2EA funding, they have agreed to contribute their valuable expertise and solid technical knowledge.

Advancing on a previous experience at the University of Alaska, this project will demonstrate an efficient and compact system for the generation of electrical power and introduce the concept of fuel cell mini-grid networks. It will also contribute to the development of new codes and standards for the industry.

Defined by two distinct phases, the project will initially include a system design, a site evaluation and an implementation study. The second phase will involve the installation of four fuel cell systems to supply the UTM residence electrical and heating grid. While these will initially be fuelled by natural gas, Fuel Cell Technologies and the consortium anticipate converting one or more of the four fuel cell systems to hydrogen for the last 6 months of the project.

In addition to the economic and environmental benefits of this project, it will provide an excellent educational resource for university students who will monitor the heating and electrical systems. Operating under a number of seasonal and situational conditions, the installation will allow students to assess the systems effectiveness, identify operational concerns and even implement modifications as required.

The installation will remain at the residence following the demonstration phase providing a long-term electrical and heating solution. This will result in potential efficiencies and cost-savings for the UTM residence facility, and increase public awareness and acceptance of these technologies in residential applications.

See the original announcement for this investment.

For more information on this project, visit the University of Toronto at Mississauga webpage.

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