Grid-Independent Fuel Cell Keeps Lights On

August 20, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Fuel Cell Technologies Corporation (FCT) reported that lights stayed on at its research facility in Kingston Ontario all through the massive power blackout that left more than 50 million people in North America in the dark last week. This was possible because of a 5 kW FCT fuel cell unit that was operating in the building when the power blackout started Thursday afternoon. The unit was set to operate in a grid-independent mode and is designed to operate on any one of several readily available fuels. FTC Spokesperson Barbara Haines called the power outage an opportunity for FTC to demonstrate the potential for fuel cell products and expressed confidence that in future there will be more fuel cell systems similar to this operating in Canada. FTC called their technology a viable option for homeowners and commercial enterprises for reliable power.

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