Fuel Cell to Provide Backup Power for Federal Telecom

The Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) partnered with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) to install a 5 kilowatt (kW) Plug Power fuel cell that directly runs on hydrogen at GSA’s Denver Federal Center. The fuel cell is being used as a backup generator for the Federal Center’s telecommunications system.

This fuel cell, the first of its kind being used in this region by GSA, is the largest fuel cell installed in Colorado in a government application, the release states. It replaces an obsolete gasoline-powered generator that provided backup power to GSA. The GSA needed a system that used clean fuel, was nonpolluting, quiet and provided a reliable source of quality power. Additionally, it was important that the generator could be refueled while in operation, for long-term use. “The fuel cell is a perfect fit for this type of operation. It provides constant voltage and it is such a reliable power source, which is important for it to work cohesively with our equipment,” said Charlie Rienhardt, GSA Property Manager. Although this is the first utilization of a fuel cell in the GSA’s Rocky Mountain Region, the agency has had success utilizing other renewable energy technologies within their Federal Center campus. They have a fleet of 14 Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) that replaced 11 gasoline-powered cars. “Fuel cells are ideal backup power sources for critical and emergency services. We are happy to partner with GSA in this installation and hope that its success will be shared and replicated by others,” said Drew Bolin, director of OEMC. OEMC received funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the installation of the fuel cell and GSA purchased the fuel cell and hydrogen fuel.
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