Ceres Power Holdings plc will play a key development role in a recently selected US Department of Energy program awarded to Cummins. Ceres Power will benefit from up to US$2.6 million of the total US$4.9-million project, which includes contributions from Cummins, US DOE and other parties, subject to final contract.
Ceres Power and Cummins will develop a novel 5kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) modular system targeting high electrical efficiency (60%) and scalable to meet multiple distributed power applications up to 100 kW. The initial target application will be the data center market; however, wider applicability to other markets such as commercial combined heat and power will also be considered.
Ceres Power’s unique Steel Cell (earlier post) offers greatly enhanced robustness to real-world operating conditions at a lower cost than conventional SOFC designs, as well as being fuel flexible, highly efficient and with lower emissions.
If successfully implemented into data centers, the Steel Cell will enable data center operators to cut current overall costs by more than 20% and reduce their carbon footprint by up to 49%. It has the potential to reduce world energy use significantly as data centers currently consume nearly two percent of the world’s electrical power.
Ceres Power and Cummins will work closely with its consortium partners, University of Connecticut and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to test the system to validate its feasibility in the target applications.