Multi-MW Size Fuel Cell Ambitions

October 15, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] SatCon Technology Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of electronic power control systems, has delivered a prototype power conditioning system (PCS) for a 75 kW fuel cell power generation unit for a petrochemical plant application. A second unit purchased from SatCon is planned to be delivered to the plant site later this month. SatCon’s PCS units condition the electricity from the fuel cell into useable electricity. Both systems purchased from SatCon are being tested this fall. As part of an announced project for the on-site generation of electricity, the manufacturer is planning to install a one MW system, using 14 fuel cell modules, within the next year. If the test proceeds as planned, a complete 35 MW system, consisting of approximately 500 fuel cell modules, is slated to be operating in 2007.

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