Fuel Cell Installation at NYC Hotel

FuelCell Energy, and its distribution partner, PPL EnergyPlus, are providing a 250 kW Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant for installation at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, one of the largest hotel operators in the world.

Danbury, Connecticut – March 25, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The fuel cell power plant is expected to provide about 10 percent of the power and domestic hot water needs of the hotel. Delivery for the hotel unit is scheduled for this summer followed by a dedication of the DFC power plant shortly thereafter. “The Sheraton in Manhattan is an excellent application for a DFC power plant due to its location and load profile,” said Herbert T. Nock, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales of FuelCell Energy, Inc. “The clean and quiet operating characteristics of the power plant make it ideal for a congested urban setting like Manhattan, and the steady need for power at a hotel means that the fuel cell will be providing electricity and heat energy around the clock. We are delighted to be working with PPL and Starwood Hotels & Resorts in making hotel applications an emerging sustainable market for our DFC power plants.” The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has committed to awarding $920,000 toward the project. This was one of the finalists selected for funding in 2002 under NYSERDA’s combined heat and power program. The winners were selected after a rigorous evaluation to determine the likelihood of success as well as the economical and environmental benefits associated with the proposed projects. “We are grateful to NYSERDA for having the vision to support these kinds of projects,” said Paul T. Champagne, president PPL EnergyPlus. “PPL looks forward to future distributed generation opportunities throughout the state of New York.” This project will benefit from the recently enacted stand-by exemption provision in New York State. Effective February 1, 2004, Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc; Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.; New York State Electric and Gas Corporation; and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation exempted DFC power plants from stand-by charges if the installation represents less than 15 percent of the customer’s maximum potential demand. PPL owns and operates DFC300A power plants at two other Starwood Resorts, the Sheraton Edison and the Sheraton Parsippany Hotels in New Jersey. In a 2000 study by the Energy Information Administration and Department of Energy, the estimated market potential for combined heat and power applications for hotels and motels in the United States is approximately 6,500 megawatts.

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