Fuel Cell Project for Florida Golf Course

April 12, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] While The Master’s tournament this weekend in Augusta, Georgia drew all the attention, another golf course is drawing some attention of its own. And not necessarily for expert play either. Golfers driving the fairways at WCI’s Venetian Golf & River Club in Florida are helping pave the way for what many believe will be the energy source of future generations: hydrogen. With the Country’s dependence on fossil fuels hitting an all time high, and consumers paying the price at the gas pump with prices approaching the $2.00 mark, the recent installation of a hydrogen fuel cell at the Venetian Golf & River Club in Venice, Florida marks the first partnership of its kind between Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and a builder-developer for fuel cell research in the State of Florida. Other partners have included governments and universities. A hydrogen fuel cell manufactured by Plug Power was installed adjacent to the Venetian’s golf cart barn in late March. FPL will monitor the performance activity and availability of the fuel cell over the course of the next year for both scientific research and education purposes. Residents will be able to observe the fuel cell and learn about the benefits of hydrogen as a future energy source throughout the term of the research project. In addition, a limited amount of power generated by the fuel cell will be used to help charge Venetian golf carts on a regular basis.

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