Bioenergy, Solar, Storage

Second Fuel Cell Plant for a Sheraton Hotel

A PPL Corporation distributed generation and energy services subsidiary has completed the development of a 250-kW fuel cell power plant at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel. The Direct Fuel Cell (DFC) power plant, similar to the one installed at the Sheraton Edison in Edison, New Jersey, will provide about 25 percent of the hotel’s electricity and hot water. PPL will own, operate and maintain the DFC power plant.

Parsippany, New Jersey – October 16, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Danbury, Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy (FCE) manufactured the hotel’s fuel cell power plant (which uses natural gas supplied by New Jersey Natural Gas) that was installed by Allentown, Pennsylvania-based H.T. Lyons, a PPL mechanical contracting subsidiary. “Recent global blackouts revealed the vulnerability of constrained electric grid infrastructures and this dedication demonstrates that our DFC power plants are clean, efficient distributed generation solutions that are commercially ready today,” said Herbert T. Nock, senior vice president of marketing and sales for FuelCell Energy. The hotel projects in both Parsippany and Edison are part of a master agreement that PPL and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide signed that could eventually lead to PPL installing DFC power plants at other Starwood properties. “We are pleased to see that our first hotel application of fuel cell system technology has been brought to successful closure with the installation of both the Sheraton Parsippany and Sheraton Edison energy fuel cell units,” said David King, vice president-Staff Operations, North America, for Starwood. The New Jersey Clean Energy Program and the state of New Jersey provided funding to encourage the use of clean and efficient energy technologies, including the fuel cells installed in Parsippany and Edison. President of PPL Energy Services Holdings Michael E. Kroboth said that the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel marks PPL’s fourth customer installation of DFC power plants in the past six months. PPL also has installed a fuel cell at the Coast Guard Station in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and has installed two fuel cells at the Zoot Enterprises business park in Bozeman, Montana. “Until recently, fuel cell energy technology was not available commercially, and its practical use was very limited,” Kroboth said. “However, fuel cells are now part of a growing range of environmentally friendly energy solutions that PPL is providing to our customers.” PPL has other fuel cell and renewable energy projects in various stages of development with a variety of customers. Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey, will install a 250 kW fuel cell later this year to provide heat and electricity to several buildings on the campus. PPL has received grant approval from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for a fuel cell project at Starwood’s Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in midtown Manhattan, the flagship of the Sheraton brand. PPL will be installing and operating a landfill gas-to-electricity plant at a landfill in southern New Jersey. PPL has received grant approval for a large photovoltaic project in southern New Jersey.