28.2.2003: Meldung: FuelCell to be involved in an Ohio-Project
The award, which is subject to negotiation and execution of a contract, proposes the installation of a 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant manufactured by FuelCell Energy and distributed by Caterpillar. The formal contract is expected to be negotiated and signed within weeks and installation of the unit is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.
The project award was announced today by Ohio Governor Bob Taft at a ceremony in Westerville, Ohio attended by Marc Gerken, President of American Municipal Power-Ohio, Mike Heyeck, Westerville City Council Chair, Sherril West, Vice President, Caterpillar, Inc., and Herb Nock, Sr. Vice President, FuelCell Energy, Inc.
Caterpillar dealer Holt Power Systems Ohio, Inc. is expected to make the sale to American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio), which is managing the fuel cell generation project on behalf of the city of Westerville -- located near Columbus, Ohio.
"We are very pleased to be a part of this historic step to demonstrate the viability of fuel cell technology in a local electric distribution system," said Sherril West, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the company"s Technical Services Division. "We applaud Governor Taft and the state of Ohio for their leadership in accelerating deployment of stationary fuel cells. Caterpillar is investing in socially responsible energy solutions, and fuel cell technology strengthens our position as the global leader in distributed power."
"We congratulate and thank Governor Taft, the Ohio Department of Development, AMP-Ohio and the City of Westerville for their leadership and innovation. We share their vision that fuel cells will play a major role in meeting the reliability, security, environmental, and energy efficiency needs of the 21st century," said Jerry D. Leitman, Chairman and CEO of FuelCell Energy, Inc. "Because our DFC power plants are designed to generate hydrogen internally, we can deliver this power plant today without waiting for development of a hydrogen supply infrastructure."
Fuel cells are similar to large, continuously running batteries, using natural gas or other fuel to generate electricity through electrochemical reactions. In addition to grid support, the ultra low emission units provide steady, reliable power to industrial and commercial customers such as hospitals, hotels, factories and telecommunications facilities. Each fuel cell unit can generate an estimated two million-kilowatt hours of electricity annually -- enough to power about 250 homes or the base load requirements of a small hotel.
In April 2002, Caterpillar and FuelCell Energy signed an alliance agreement to distribute and develop ultra-low emission fuel cell power generation products for industrial and commercial use. The agreement calls for the companies to jointly develop Caterpillar-branded power plants in the 250kW to 3MW size range, incorporating FuelCell Energy"s fuel cell module.
For more than 75 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been building the world"s infrastructure and, in partnership with its worldwide dealer network, is driving positive and sustainable change on every continent. With 2002 sales and revenues of $20.15 billion, Caterpillar is a technology leader and the world"s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. More information is available at http://www.cat.com .
About FuelCell Energy
FuelCell Energy, Inc., Danbury, Conn., is a world-recognized leader for the development and commercialization of high efficiency hydrogen fuel cells for electric power generation. The Company is developing Direct FuelCell® technology for stationary power plants with the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Energy Technology Laboratory, whose advanced fuel cell research program is focused on developing a new generation of high performance fuel cells that can generate clean electricity at power stations or in distributed locations near the customer, including hospitals, schools, hotels, universities and other commercial and industrial applications. Because hydrogen is generated internally within the fuel cell module from readily available fuels such as natural gas, DFC power plants can be delivered today and do not need to wait for the creation of a hydrogen infrastructure. More information is available at www.fuelcellenergy.com .
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company"s plans and expectations regarding the development and commercialization of its fuel cell technology. All forward- looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause such a difference include, without limitation, the risk that commercial field trials of the Company"s products will not occur when anticipated, general risks associated with product development, manufacturing, changes in the utility regulatory environment, potential volatility of energy prices, rapid technological change, and competition, as well as other risks set forth in the Company"s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement to reflect any change in the Company"s expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
Donna R. Ferenz
Investor Relations and Communications