Fuel Cell Units Headed to Michigan Schools

DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. is in the final stages of installing three energy|now fuel cell systems at three state educational institutions as part of a grant program provided by the State of Michigan.The systems, manufactured by Plug Power of Latham, New York, should be fully operational by the end of the month.

Farmington Hills, Michigan – May 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] One fully integrated, five-kW, combined heat and power fuel cell system is being installed at the Wayne State University School of Engineering in Detroit, Henry Ford Community College Science and Technology Building in Dearborn and the M-TEC facility at Macomb Community College in Warren. The systems will be used to augment the traditional grid while providing heat and backup power to the institutions. Each institution will collaborate with DTE Energy Technologies to jointly operate and maintain the units as part of the educational benefits of the grant. The Michigan Energy Efficiency Grant, provided by the Michigan Public Service Commission, offers assistance to organizations to develop and improve the quality and application of energy-efficient technologies and to create or expand the market for such technologies. “We are looking forward to partnering with the three grant recipients as projects like this offer an opportunity to develop a more thorough understanding of fuel cell technology for stationary power applications,” said Brian Komorek, director of business development, DTE Energy Technologies.
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