Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Resiliency: Microgrids for Grid Power

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Microgrids are local energy grids that connect two or more buildings with control capability. A microgrid can operate in parallel when connected to the grid, but can also operate in island mode using local energy generation during power outages.

Some advantages of fuel cell technology for microgrid applications include:

  • High electric efficiency (>45 percent);
  • Overall efficiency of 85 to 93 percent;
  • Low noise (quiet operation);
  • Reduction of air pollution (low emission);
  • High availability (24/7);
  • Ease of siting;
  • Dispatchable with some capability to follow load; and
  • Classified as a renewable technology by some states.

This presentation provided an overview of key features associated with the use of fuel cells in microgrid applications and fuel cell technology currently being used to support microgrids.


  • Ben Toby, Vice President of Sales, FuelCell Energy
  • Robert Rose, Vice President, Specialty Services, A/Z Corporation

This webinar was a presentation of the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) and Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. For more information, please visit www.neesc.org and www.resilient-power.com.