U.S. Fuel Cell Units for the Japanese Market

April 14, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] FuelCell Energy’s Asia-Pacific strategic partner, Marubeni Corporation has placed a new order for 4 megawatts of DFC power plants. FuelCell Energy will manufacture the units and deliver the power plants to Marubeni customers in 2005. Marubeni’s order is for 16 DFC300A power plants with megawatt-class DFC1500 and DFC3000 power plants available to accommodate customer requirements. Including these recent orders, Marubeni has committed to more than eight megawatts since 2000 in three separate orders. There is a particular focus in between the companies on the use of opportunity fuels such as anaerobic digester gas (ADG). The current municipal and industrial wastewater treatment market in Japan presents a good fit for DFC products, with more than 2,000 megawatts of potential electricity generation. The initial size of this market segment, and recently passed regulations that provide government support for additional wastewater treatment facilities throughout Japan, represents a sustainable growth market for distributed power generation, including DFC technology.

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