Governments of many countries have mandated implementation of programs for energy demand management, which entails reducing consumption during certain peak demand periods, with threat of significant increases in charges per kilowatt hour for noncompliance. These charges vary by location, company size and energy demand. In some cases, a company’s demand charge is based on the highest kilowatt demand reached during any interval (often 15 minutes) during the previous year. In these cases, reducing the kilowatt demand for just a few minutes could save the company thousands of dollars over the following year. Fuel cells can provide power during periods of peak power demand to reduce electricity costs.
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