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Fuel Cell Power Model

The Fuel Cell Power (FCPower) Model is a financial tool to analyze high-temperature, fuel-cell-based tri-generation systems. It uses a discounted cash flow rate of return methodology to determine the cost of delivered energy, and it quantifies energy inputs/outputs and greenhouse gas emissions.

FCPower Model Version 2.0, released in September 2012, includes the ability to analyze three fuel cell technologies: molten carbonate, phosphoric acid, and solid oxide. Each model workbook includes an analysis of a tri-generation system for a large hotel in Los Angeles. These analyses can be used as starting points for new analyses.

Download Model Workbooks

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FCPower Model: Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell, version 2.0

FCPower Model: Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell, version 2.0

FCPower Model: Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, version 2.0

User Guide

The user guide includes technical and modeling details for each fuel cell technology as well as case studies for each technology's application in a hypothetical large hotel in Los Angeles.

FCPower Model User Guide, Version 2

Case Study Profile Data

To download building energy demand profiles and renewable energy supply profiles that can be imported into the model, access the FCPower Model case study profile data.

About Tri-Generation Systems

Tri-generation systems provide onsite-generated heat and electricity to large stationary end users (e.g., office complexes) and produce hydrogen that can be used for fueling vehicles or stored and later converted to electricity. These systems can play an important role in early fuel cell markets by lowering hydrogen production costs, enabling distributed hydrogen production, lowering fossil energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing electricity transmission congestion, lowering capital investment risk, and providing backup power functionality.