Bioenergy, Solar, Storage

Fuel Cell to be on Display in Colorado

For the first time in Colorado, a fuel cell providing power to a residence and to the electrical grid system is available for public viewing. The fuel cell will be operating at the Parade of Homes from August 31 through October 6, 2002.

Castle Rock, Colorado – August 28, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Miller Burton Homes, Inc., Built Green Colorado, the City and County of Denver, Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC), Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA), Plug Power Inc. and Xcel Energy, Inc. collaborated in the installation of this fuel cell. The goal of this project is to demonstrate to the public emerging energy technologies currently available to the public, particularly those that can provide power directly to a home or homes and businesses and can be hooked to the grid to be used by a utility for general distribution. Currently, several customers of Xcel Energy produce energy through photovoltaics and “sell” excess power back to the grid, but, in the future, fuel cells might be used in place of a central power plant. A fuel cell is a device that strips hydrogen from fuels, such as natural gas, methanol, propane and gasoline, producing useable electricity and waste heat that can be captured for space and water heating. When fueled by pure hydrogen, the exhaust of fuel cells contains only heat and water and produces only about as much noise as a residential air conditioning compressor. Manufactured by Plug Power Inc., the fuel cell will provide up to 5 kW of electricity to Miller Burton Homes’ Roaring Fork Parade Home. The home features energy- and resource-efficient features from the Built Green Checklist such as low-e windows to control solar heat gain or winter heat loss, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment on a zoned system, and household appliances with low demand for electricity and water. After the Parade of Homes, the fuel cell will be stationed at the City and County of Denver’s fire station at Washington Park, where it will provide a significant part of the facility’s power and some domestic hot water. (NASDAQ: PLUG) (NYSE: XEL)