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FuelCell Energy and ExxonMobil extend JDA for fuel cell carbon capture tech

In the United States (US), fuel cell technology developer and supplier FuelCell Energy Inc. (FuelCell Energy) has announced that it has signed a six-month extension to the existing Joint-Development Agreement (JDA) with ExxonMobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) to continue collaboration on carbonate fuel cell technology for the purpose of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial facilities and power generation.

FuelCell Energy Inc. (FuelCell Energy) has signed a six-month extension to the existing Joint-Development Agreement (JDA) with ExxonMobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) to continue collaboration on carbonate fuel cell technology for the purpose of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial facilities and power generation (image courtesy FuelCell Energy).

The agreement, which was first expanded in November 2019, will now continue until April 30, 2022. The parties are discussing an ExxonMobil pilot in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as well as potentially additional ExxonMobil or third-party locations, to deploy FuelCell Energy’s carbonate fuel cell platform to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

A decision on the Rotterdam project is expected in 2022, dependent on achieving technical milestones over the next six months. In addition to pilot project deployments, FuelCell Energy and ExxonMobil are discussing the next phase of carbon capture development.

ExxonMobil is working to develop breakthrough solutions in carbon capture, hydrogen, and biofuels and identify commercially viable technologies the world will need to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. We are pleased to continue working with FuelCell Energy to further advance this unique high-efficiency carbon capture solution, said Dr Vijay Swarup, VP of R&D for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.

FuelCell Energy’s proprietary technology uses carbonate fuel cells to efficiently capture and concentrate CO2 streams from industrial sources. Combustion exhaust is directed to the fuel cell, which produces power while capturing and concentrating CO2 for permanent storage.

The modular design enables the technology to be deployed at a wide range of locations, which could lead to a more cost-efficient path for the deployment of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).

FuelCell Energy and ExxonMobil continue to advance our joint research and FuelCell Energy technology that is targeted to tackle one of the largest environmental challenges of today, CO2 emissions from power generation and industrial exhaust streams. Together, we have a great opportunity to scale and commercialize our unique carbon capture solution, one that captures carbon dioxide from various exhaust streams, while generating additional power, unlike traditional carbon capture technologies, which consume significant power. We are encouraged by our results in testing the capture of CO2, and the efficiencies and performance that our fuel cell stacks are able to achieve. We look forward to continuing our work with ExxonMobil on advancing the first pilot test of this platform solution, said Jason Few, President and CEO of FuelCell Energy.

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