Fuel Cell Co. Secures Government Contracts

FuelCell Energy, Inc. the manufacturer of Direct FuelCell (DFC) stationary power plants, has been selected for four U.S. government small business program contract awards totaling US$1.45 million to support continued fuel cell development.

Danbury, Connecticut – July 1, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] — U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Innovative Research Phase 2 Award, Advanced Control Modules for Hybrid Fuel Cell/Gas Turbine Power Plants – The DOE has selected FuelCell Energy for a two-year, US$750,000 contract to further the development of advanced control modules for its patented Direct FuelCell/Turbine (DFC/T) combined cycle power plant. This will advance the developments of Phase 1 to include additional dynamic optimization mechanisms such as data reconciliation and fault accommodation techniques. FuelCell Energy will be working with the National Fuel Cell Research Center located in Irvine, California, as a subcontractor. The overall goal of this multi-phase project is to reduce costly manual interaction by plant controllers and engineers and enhance electronic monitoring of the integrated fuel cell and unfired gas turbine hybrid system. — U.S. Navy Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 1 Award, Compact Plasma Reformer for the Ship Service Fuel Cell System – The U.S. Navy has selected FuelCell Energy for a nine-month, US$100,000 contract to develop an alternative reforming process for the production of methane-rich gas for its Ship Service Direct FuelCell System. The plasma reforming system has potential cost-reduction advantages over conventional steam reforming due to its more compact design. This proposed plasma reformer project may result in breakthrough technologies for liquid-fueled DFC power plants and increased power density of the system. FuelCell Energy will be working with Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken, N.J. Following a successful Phase 1, a Phase 2, two-year effort, may be awarded for up to US$750,000. — U.S. Army Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 2 Award, Field-Enhanced Carbon Monoxide Tolerance of PEM Fuel Cells – The U.S. Army has selected FuelCell Energy for a 2-year, US$500,000 contract. The selection is based on promising results obtained in the Phase 1 program that demonstrated improved carbon monoxide tolerance when magnetic particles are introduced into the fuel cell anode. The objective of the Phase 2 research is to further develop this process and to test complete membrane electrode assemblies with a variety of techniques to define performance limits and favorable operating conditions. FuelCell Energy will be working with the University of Iowa as a subcontractor. The overall goal of this multi-phase project is to enhance carbon monoxide tolerance and performance of PEM fuel cells that will result in widespread use for portable, transportation and stationary applications. — U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Innovative Research Phase 1 Award, Molecular Sieve Based Nano-Cathode Structure for Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells – The DOE has selected FuelCell Energy for a six-month, US$100,000 contract to develop advanced cathode catalyst structures for oxygen reduction reaction for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The company will develop molecular sieve structures to improve cathode reaction and reduce resistance losses.The goal of this project is to meet the DOE’s objective to reduce the cost of the PEM fuel cell system and accelerate the commercialization of PEM fuel cells for both transportation and stationary applications. FuelCell Energy will be working with the University of Connecticut and Ion Power of Bear, Delaware, as subcontractors. As with the U.S. Navy project selection, successful Phase 1 projects are eligible for Phase 2 project awards with funding up to US$750,000.

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