FuelCell Energy, PPL Energy to Install FuelCell Plant

FuelCell Energy, Inc., and its partner, PPL Energy Services, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, will install a 250 kW Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plant at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey.

Danbury, Connecticut – August 20, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The power plant, which will run on natural gas, will be manufactured by FuelCell Energy in Connecticut and will be installed by PPL Energy Services. The total value of the project is US$1.65 million. The New Jersey Clean Energy Fund will provide US$827,000 in the form of grants. “This project is an example of both innovative thinking by our partners at PPL and of the flexibility of our Direct FuelCell technology,” said Jerry D. Leitman, chairman and CEO of FuelCell Energy. “By locating it next to the building, PPL is able to maximize the efficiency of the unit by using the heat energy as well as the electric power. The clean and quiet nature of the fuel cell makes this close siting to the customer’s load center possible.” The power plant is to be operated in a cogeneration mode, supplying both electricity and heat to several buildings on the campus. It will be sited next to one of the buildings and feed power into the central power and heating system located in the basement. The power plant will supply about 90 percent of the day-to-day and backup power needs for three buildings. It will also supply 20 percent of the heating for the college’s central heating loop. Natural gas for the power plant will be supplied by New Jersey Natural Gas. “PPL Energy Services’ innovative distributed generation program brings new, efficient and environmentally friendly energy technology to customers,” said Michael E. Kroboth, the president of PPL Energy Services. “Until recently, this type of energy technology was not available commercially, and its practical use was very limited,” Kroboth said. “But fuel cells are now part of a growing range of energy solutions that PPL can provide.” Direct FuelCells generate electricity with no combustion. They are, in-effect like large, continuously operating batteries that generate electricity as long as fuel, such as natural gas, is supplied. Since the fuel is not burned, there is significantly less pollution than commonly associated with the combustion of fossil fuels (like NOx, SOx, particulates). The high efficiency leads to more electric power from less fuel. (Nasdaq: FCEL) (NYSE: PPL)
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