Fuel Cell Power Plants Sited for Japan

November 24, 2003 [SolarAccess.com]Tokyo, Japan-based Marubeni Corporation and Danbury Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy announced the siting of two Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plants at the Seiko Epson facilities in the city of Ina, Nagano Prefecture, in Japan. Marubeni, the Asian partner of fuel cell developer FuelCell Energy, will supply two 250 kW DFC power plants to the First Energy Service Company (FESCO), a Tokyo-based energy services company that will own and operate the units, in the fourth quarter of 2003. FESCO has a long-term contract to supply power to Seiko Epson’s Quartz Device Division. According to FESCO, the DFC units, which will operate on liquefied natural gas, could produce a total energy savings of up to 32 percent compared to the equivalent amount of energy from the plant’s existing grid and boiler system. These are Marubeni’s fifth and sixth DFC power plants in Japan.

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