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Explosion at FuelCell Energy Plant Delays Shipments
An explosion racked the production line of FuelCell Energy's manufacturing plant in Torrington, Connecticut, on January 14th, slightly injured five employees. A buildup of solvent fumes caused the explosion on the company's new "tape casting" line, which is used to manufacture fuel cell components. The company emphasized that the explosion was not caused by hydrogen, nor was it caused by the operation of one of its fuel cells.
FuelCell Energy has continued to assemble fuel cells at the facility since the explosion, but is expecting delays of four to six weeks in its fuel cell shipments. The company shut down both tape-casting lines as a safety precaution, but expects to restart the older line in mid-February. The new tape-casting line was recently installed at a cost of $1.7 million. See FuelCell Energy's Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (used to make investors aware of any significant company events) on the FuelCell Energy Inc. Web site.