- Fuel Cells for Microgrids
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Starting at 1:00 PM EST
A community microgrid is a coordinated local grid area served by one or more distributed energy resources (DER), including energy storage, renewable and conventional generation, and demand response. Microgrids are able to island and stand alone in supplying power to a community, university campus, military base or critical facilities. Community microgrids increase reliability, reduce emissions, and create a more sustainable and secure grid.
Fuel cells have many characteristics that make them excellent candidates for microgrids, including baseload power, low emissions, competitive pricing, and interconnection with the grid for backup.
This presentation will provide an overview of fuel cell solutions for stationary power in a microgrid configuration and possible grant funding and financing available for Class I renewable energy sources from Connecticut’s Microgrid Program.
- ARPA – E Investments in Hydrogen Technology Advancements
Tuesday, September 19. 2017
Starting at 1:00 PM EST
Electrochemical technologies will play a vital role in developing sustainable processes and infrastructure for energy storage, transportation, and manufacturing. Hydrogen, produced by electrolysis, can serve as a vehicle fuel, is a chemical feedstock for ammonia generation and other industrial processes, and is required for conversion of carbon dioxide to higher value chemicals. In addition, hydrogen for advanced energy storage can play a key role in modernizing our nation’s electricity grid to enable the integration of renewable energy, improve operating capabilities, enhance reliability, allow deferral of infrastructure investments, and provide backup power during emergencies.
Government support and investment in research and development efforts have been critical to the advancement of electrochemical technologies in the marketplace. Proton OnSite has been involved in several ARPA-E-supported programs that have yielded several advancements in hydrogen technology, including electrolysis, flow batteries, and carbon dioxide capture and conversion to ammonia generation.
This presentation will provide an overview of investments made by the Federal government through ARPA-E that have led to hydrogen solutions for advanced energy storage, with an emphasis on hydrogen-iron flow batteries.