Direct FuelCell Power for U.S. Marine Corps Base

To maintain essential power while meeting or exceeding air and water protection standards, FuelCell Energy sold a 500 kW Direct FuelCell power plant to LOGANEnergy for the U.S. Navy to use at the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, in California.

The ultra-clean power plant will generate base load electricity for the second U.S. Government training center in California. After compliance with all pertinent environmental requirements, LOGANEnergy will install the power plant, consisting of two 250 kW DFC300MA units, to provide base load electricity and heat energy for two buildings. The power plant is scheduled to be up and running in late calendar year 2006. The federal government will have the opportunity to purchase two additional units and raise the fuel cell capacity on the Base to 1 MW. The fuel cell installation may also be eligible to receive up to $1.25 million from the State of California Self Generation Incentive Program. “This is the second training facility this year to select DFC power plants to meet its base load electricity needs and to increase energy security,” said R. Daniel Brdar, FuelCell Energy’s President and COO. “Our products enhance the reliability of power for government applications and we continue to develop repeatable business opportunities for our ultra-clean DFC power plants in this key vertical market segment.” Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton has always been proactive in energy conservation and energy efficiency; this year the Base has won its second consecutive Presidential & Secretary of the Navy Energy Award. Training programs at Camp Pendleton take place in an area inhabited by 400 species of mammals and birds, bordering 17 miles of coastline. The ultra-clean fuel cells exemplify the base’s commitment to protect the environment and habitat. “The fuel cell power plant provides an ultra-clean source of reliable power and complements the base’s existing onsite generation capability,” said Jeff Allen, Base Energy Manager. Upon completion of all required environmental analysis, “the operation is expected to save us money over our previous power purchasing cost, while increasing energy security at the base, and is consistent with our environmental objective to integrate natural resource management with training and mission support requirements.”
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