Fuel Cell Manufacturer Plug Power Inc. has announced that its 5kW, grid-parallel, natural gas-fueled fuel cell systems have generated more than 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity in the field this year.Latham, New York – August 26, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] These systems were installed and have operated in more than 20 customer locations in seven U.S. states and three countries with an additional 13 systems slated to be installed in the upcoming weeks. “The fuel cells at the Watervliet Arsenal, Watervliet, N.Y., have operated above the 90 percent availability specified in the contract during the 8 months since we installed the 10 units to power a portion of the Arsenal’s officer’s quarters, manufacturing and research facilities,” said Mike Binder, Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Defense Fuel Cell Program. “These systems, which contribute significantly to the power generated, have consistently exceeded 95 percent availability to date.” Plug Power’s customer base includes electric and gas utilities, research facilities, the U.S. Department of Defense, and telecommunications providers. Systems are currently providing power to homes, office buildings, research facilities, a telecommunications hut, a vehicle refueling station, and directly to the electric grid. Systems currently being installed provide both electricity and cogeneration heat for use in heating and hot water applications. “Our products in the field are beginning to alleviate the burden on the electrical grid,” said Roger Saillant, Plug Power President and CEO. “Last week KeySpan Energy, system operator for the Long Island Power Authority, brought the entire fleet of Plug Power systems at the West Babylon site to full power to meet peak system demand conditions resulting from high temperatures on Long Island.” Plug Power designs, develops and manufacturers on-site electric power generation systems utilizing Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells for stationary applications.