23.1.2003: Meldung: Plug Power Completes Fuel Cell Demonstration
"The fuel cell demonstration project at the Arsenal represents the kind of public/private partnership that will help advance fuel cell technology and other alternative energy solutions. I will continue to support partnerships that successfully leverage government and industry collaboration," said Congressman Mike McNulty (D-Green Island). "This venture not only demonstrates the usefulness of Plug Power""s alternative methods of power generation, but also helps our region and our nation meet its energy independence goals."
In early 2002, Plug Power installed 10 grid-parallel 5kW fuel cell systems, which operated for more than 80,000 hours and generated approximately 210,000 kWh of electricity throughout the year. The fuel cell systems provided supplemental power to a telecommunications facility, a research and development laboratory and provided all power required for the four units at base housing. "The fuel cell systems showcased an electricity source that is quiet, environmentally positive and holds significant promise for our military infrastructure. These systems served the Arsenal by providing some or all of the power required for these three facilities in a way that was transparent to the Arsenal staff and its residents," said Colonel Donald C. Olson, Commander, Watervliet Arsenal.
The fuel cell systems operated at or above 94 percent average availability during the year, exceeding the contract requirement of 90 percent. "System performance over the year was monitored for power generated, electrical efficiency and system availability," said Mark A. Sperry, Plug Power Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "This fleet not only surpassed our performance objectives but provided an excellent educational opportunity for our staff that will be used to continually improve our product for future customers." To view operational data from the project please visit http://www.dodfuelcell.com/ res/watervliet.php3.
The specific objectives of the fuel cell demonstration program included: * Assessing fuel cells as a viable technology to support military installation energy requirements. * Increasing Dept. of Defense""s ability to more efficiently construct, operate and maintain its fuel cell installations. * Assessing the role of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells in supporting DoD""s training, readiness, mobilization and sustainability missions. * Providing a technology demonstration site for a military base market. * Providing operational testing and validation to assess installation, grid interconnection and operation of fuel cell systems in all seasonal conditions, and integration of units into an existing military base environment.
"This program was significant because it represented the largest implementation of PEM fuel cells at a military facility," said Frank Holcomb, Principal Investigator, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), and program sponsor. "The learning to industry and the military has been very high, and programs like this continue to move this technology closer to wide- spread commercialization. We look forward to continuing to explore how other military bases can benefit from fuel cell technology."
Partners in the program included the program sponsor U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) and the site host Watervliet Arsenal. Although the contract operations under the demonstration program are complete, Plug Power will continue to operate the systems in cooperation with the Arsenal.
About Watervliet Arsenal
The Watervliet Arsenal, founded in 1813, is the oldest continuously active arsenal in the United States. The Arsenal is a manufacturer of large caliber weapons.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) is part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, which is the Army Corps of Engineers"" integrated research and development organization. CERL works closely with Army customers to develop products and services and to help its customers implement new technologies.
About Plug Power
Plug Power designs, develops and manufactures on-site electric power generation systems utilizing Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells for stationary applications. Plug Power""s fuel cell systems are expected to be sold globally through a joint venture with General Electric and through DTE Energy Technologies in a four-state territory, which includes Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. The Company""s headquarters are located in Latham, N.Y., with offices in Washington, D.C. and The Netherlands.
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