Producing energy can take a lot of, well, energy. A conventional internal combustion engine generator must first convert chemical energy to thermal energy via combustion, thermal energy to mechanical energy via a turbine, and finally mechanical energy to electricity through an alternator.
Fuel cells save energy by cutting out the middle steps. Natural gas can be changed into electricity directly with a membrane electrode assembly that potentially saves money, power, emissions, and, because there is less equipment, time dedicated to maintenance and repairs.
While this technology may sound new to the public, Salas O’Brien engineers are well versed in fuel cells, having installed them on 50 unique sites, including hospital, telecommunications facilities, sports arenas, and educational campuses.
If you’re interested in learning more about fuel cell technology and how we can help you determine if it’s a good fit for your needs, fill out the form below to request our white paper and get in touch.