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U.S. Army Orders Modules for Fuel Cell Train

Nuvera Fuel Cells has received a U.S. multi-million-dollar order, contingent upon project continuation funding, for eight Forza fuel cell power modules from Vehicle Projects, which is leading an international consortium to develop the world’s largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell vehicle under Contract to the US Department of Defense (DOD).

Milan, Italy – February 12, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The development effort, called the Defense Fuel Cell Locomotive Project, aims to demonstrate a 109 metric ton, 1.2-MW fuel cell powered locomotive for defense and commercial railway applications. The project is funded and administered by the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command’s National Automotive Center. According to project leader Arnold Miller, Nuvera’s Forza power module was selected over seven bidders representing six nations due to “the ruggedness and compactness of its metal bipolar plates and the simplicity of its proprietary direct-water injection system of cooling and membrane humidification.” “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate Forza’s advantages in a dynamic environment,” said Alessandro Delfrate, Sales and Marketing Manager of Nuvera Fuel Cells Europe. “Having recently worked with Vehicle Projects to successfully demonstrate the world’s first fuel cell powered mining locomotive, we are excited about the commercial opportunities an award of this magnitude represents for Nuvera and the entire fuel cell industry.” Milan, Italy-based Nuvera, which maintains U.S. headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is developing its Forza power module primarily for industrial facilities, such as chloralkali plants and refineries, where excess hydrogen produced onsite can be used to power fuel cells and generate clean electricity, providing plant owners with an efficient solution to rising operating costs. “This project is the second time we have worked with DOD in developing and demonstrating fuelcells that could eventually serve both military and commercial purposes,” said Prashant Chintawar, Executive Director at Nuvera. “We believe their approach demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing new technologies, such as fuel cells, that will benefit our nation and the world.”