Traditional Power Generation

Combustion, or burning, of fossil fuels emit Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere where it builds up and covers the earth, and according to many scientific studies, traps in heat which leads to and enhanced greenhouse effect - global warming.  Both the scientific community and the popular press argue that global warming is one of the most significant environmental issues which can impact life on earth.

It is believed that Carbon Dioxide is responsible for more than 50% of the enhanced greenhouse effect - but other gases such as Sulphur Dioxide, Methane and Nitrous Oxide have all been linked to the greenhouse effect.

According to the World Coal Institute and the International Energy Agency, generation of electricity is the largest source of Carbon Dioxide emissions. 

World economies realise this and are looking for cleaner ways of generating electricity, Europe, Japan and the United States have realised this and has directed significant resources and funding to find alternatives.  The US Department of Energy (DoE) has stated that:

"When a fuel cell consumes natural gas or other hydrocarbons, it produces some carbon dioxide, though much less than burned fuel.  Advanced fuel cells using natural gas, for example, could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60% compared to a conventional coal plant and by 25% compared to modern natural gas plants".

CFCL's SOFCs are capable of using a number of different fuel types from Natural gas, LPG, through to ethanol and methane from biomass.  Mass deployment of fuel cells as a distributed generation network can significantly increase the efficiently of electricity generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a sustainable future.

 

 

Environment