Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion, producing zero or near-zero polluting emissions, depending on the fuel source. For larger stationary fuel cell systems, natural gas is the most common feedstock, relying on the widespread infrastructure of natural gas pipelines throughout the U.S. Some natural gas-fueled fuel cells have been running for more than a decade.

Fuel Cells and Natural Gas Benefits

Fuel cells are providing both primary power and back-up power to hundreds of sites across the country in a range of applications, including data centers, utilities, businesses, condominiums, grocers, hospitals, and more. Able to be installed as part of the electric grid, or in parallel to it, fuel cells provide seamless and reliable power without disruption due to grid failure or blackouts.

Fuel Cells and Natural Gas