Fuel Cell Installation for Community College

Marking their fifth fuel cell power plant installation in less than 12 months, FuelCell Energy, and its U.S. distribution partner, PPL Energy Plus, announced the installation of a fuel cell power plant for Ocean County Community College (OCC), a public, two-year community college in Toms River, New Jersey.

Danbury, Connecticut – April 26, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The dedication ceremony marked the completion of the installation, commissioning and testing of the DFC300A power plant, which will provide 250 kW of electric power as well as heat, to several buildings on the campus. “Bringing new ‘energy’ to the campus is one of our four strategic initiatives, which include enhancing the college’s physical resources,” said Dr. Jon Larson, President of OCC. “The installation of this cutting-edge fuel cell technology is a literal application of this initiative, which will not only help the environment by providing clean energy, but will also save the college money through the efficient production and use of power and heat.” The DFC300A power plant will provide about 90 percent of the daily power requirements for OCC’s Instructional Building, Lecture Hall and Nursing Arts Building. In addition, 20 percent of heating needs will be provided to those three buildings plus the Administration Building, Library, and the Robert J. Novins Planetarium. “PPL and Ocean County College are at the forefront of recognizing that Direct FuelCell power plants can play and important role in meeting the energy needs of universities and schools,” said Herbert T. Nock, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales of FuelCell Energy. “By locating the fuel cell next to the building, OCC is able to maximize the efficiency of the power plant by using both the electric power and the heat energy output. The clean and quiet nature of the fuel cell makes it possible to put the power plant at the customer’s site.” The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) provided $827,000 in funding to offset a portion of the initial capital costs of the project. The funding was available through the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, which helps encourage the installation of clean energy generation systems. PPL also has installed a fuel cell at the Coast Guard Station in Cape Cod, Mass.; the Sheraton Parsippany and Sheraton Edison hotels, both in New Jersey; and two fuel cells at Zoot Enterprises in Bozeman, Mont. Later this year, PPL will install a DFC300A power plant at the Sheraton New York Towers in Manhattan. FuelCell Energy has provided DFC300A power plants for two other university installations – Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and Grand Valley State University in Muskegon, Mich. In a 2000 study by the Energy Information Administration and Department of Energy, the estimated market potential for combined heat and power applications for universities/colleges/schools in the United States is approximately 19,000 megawatts.

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