• Supporting Fuel Cells in the Delmarva Region

  • Supporting Fuel Cells in the Delmarva Region

    The Delaware Public Service Commission approved the fuel cell tariff for the Bloom Energy jobs initiative in the Delmarva Power region in 2011. The fuel cell program allowed Bloom Energy to install 30 megawatts of natural-gas-powered fuel cell electric generation on Delmarva Power's electric system. At least 20 megawatts must come from fuel cells manufactured in Delaware.

    Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather than combustion. They are like batteries, except that they always run.

    Bloom Energy fuel cells located at Delmarva Power’s Brookside Substation are providing up to 3 megawatts of electricity, with another 27 megawatts being provided by fuel cells at Delmarva Power’s Red Lion Substation. In addition, the Bloom Energy manufacturing assembly plant in Newark, Del., officially opened in October 2013.