Certified Fuel Cells Meet Safety Standards

FuelCell Energy’s one megawatt Direct Fuel Cell (DFC) power plant, the DFC1500, has been certified to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) products safety standards for stationary fuel cell systems, ANSI Z21.83.

Danbury, Connecticut – August 6, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] According to FuelCell Energy, this certification will make their project the largest power plant to be certified under this standard and will significantly reduce the time and cost for installation of the Company’s DFC products and enhance the product’s eligibility for incentive funding throughout the U.S. ANSI Z21.83 applies to packaged, self-contained or factory matched packages of integrated systems of fuel cell power plants up to one MW in capacity using natural gas or liquefied propane gas (LPG) as a fuel source and specifically identifies criteria for construction and safety of applicable fuel cell power plants. FuelCell Energy’s DFC1500 becomes the first matched modular fuel cell power plant under the ANSI standard, Fuel Cells Energy authorities said. The Company’s 250 kW DFC300A received ANSI Z21.83 certification in April 2003. “Certifying our sub-megawatt and megawatt-class DFC power plants is an integral part of product standardization strategy,” said Herbert T. Nock, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at FuelCell Energy. “We are making significant strides in reducing our product costs from a technological, engineering and manufacturing standpoint, and this national product safety certification further enhances the competitiveness of our DFC products by streamlining installation processes at commercial and industrial sites.” FuelCell Energy’s sub-megawatt DFC power plants were certified for grid-interconnection under U.L. 1741 and California’s ‘Rule 21’ standard in February 2003 and state certified to meet California Air Resources Board stringent new “ultra clean” emissions standards for 2007. Both certifications enhance the eligibility of the Company’s DFC power plants for state incentive programs, such as the California Public Utility Commission’s Self Generation Program and the CEC’s Emerging Renewables Buydown Program. The certifications offer subsidies of up to US$4,500 per kW or 50 percent (whichever is less) for fuel cell projects that utilize renewable fuels. The CEC’s program also offers subsidies of $2,500 per kW or 40 percent of total project cost (whichever is less) for combined heat and power fuel cell projects that operate on natural gas.
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