U.S. Navy Contracts Nine Plug Power Fuel Cell Systems

Plug Power Inc. announced the sale and delivery of nine GenSys 5C systems, the company’s 5kW combined heat and power (CHP) grid parallel, natural gas-fueled, proton exchange membrane (PEM), fuel cell systems, to Johnson Controls, Inc. under contract to the Navy Renewable Energy Division at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California.

Latham, New York – September 3, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The nine systems will be installed at three Naval facilities in California. Eight systems will provide electricity and will heat hot water in the bachelor-enlisted quarters, a gymnasium and laundry facilities at the Naval Air Station North Island and the Submarine Base located in San Diego, California. One additional system will provide electricity and heat to an indoor pool at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California. Installation of the systems is expected to start in September. The fuel cell systems will operate for one year under this program. “The purchase of these systems represents the first major investment by the U.S. Navy in this technology and will showcase installations that can be duplicated on most military facilities,” said Chuck Combs, Manager for Renewable Energy Programs, Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, California. “This program is based on a strong partnership among the Navy, Johnson Controls, Inc. as the contractor and Plug Power as the manufacturer.” (Nasdaq: PLUG) (NYSE: JCI)

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