FuelCell Energy Inc. reports it has been awarded a hefty contract for Phase II of the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance’s Coal-Based Systems Cooperative Agreement. The total program cost is $30.2 million of which $21 million will be funded by DOE. The goal in Phase II to build a minimum 25 kilowatt solid oxide fuel cell stack that meets certain SECA requirements for performance and manufacturing cost by Sept. 2010. The stack is meant to be integrated with a 250 kW to 1 megawatt fuel cell power module and a 5 MW proof-of-concept system that will operate on coal-based syngas. The SECA program’s overall goal is to develop megawatt-class coal syngas-based SOFC power plant. It targets an overall energy conversion efficiency of at least 50 percent, and separate 90 percent or more of the system’s carbon dioxide emissions for capture and safe disposal. FuelCell Energy works with a design/technology partner Versa Power Systems and the WorleyParsons Group that provides engineering support. This award comes on the heels of a successful Phase I, a two-year, $32.3 million SECA project that demonstrated a Versa Power SOFC prototype.