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May 08, 2002

New Fuel Cell Projects Installed Throughout the Country

Fuel cell companies are charging ahead with new fuel cell installations at homes, businesses, and municipal facilities throughout the United States. New fuel cell systems are installed or planned in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

In New Jersey, FuelCell Energy, Inc. will provide two 250-kilowatt fuel cell power plants for installation at two hotels owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. The fuel cell systems will provide one-quarter of the power and hot water heating needs for the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel and Sheraton Edison Raritan Center. Construction should start this summer, and the units should be operating by year-end. FuelCell Energy was also recently awarded a patent for its high-efficiency system that combines a fuel cell with a gas turbine. See the April 3rd and April 17th press releases from FuelCell Energy.

In New York, the first of two 5-kilowatt fuel cell installations in residential homes was completed in Lewiston in mid-April; the second installation will be at a home in Colden. The systems will be operated for one year and then returned to the manufacturer, Plug Power Inc., for testing. Meanwhile, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced plans to install 17 Plug Power fuel cell systems at commercial and municipal customer locations across Long Island this summer. LIPA also plans to install three 5-kilowatt backup power systems by year-end and to expand the fuel cell operations at its West Babylon substation, where 75 fuel cell systems were installed last year. See the April 18th and April 24th press releases from Plug Power.

Plug Power also provided two 5-kilowatt fuel cell systems that DTE Energy Technologies installed at a Detroit Edison power station in Commerce Township, Michigan. The fuel cells will be tested while providing power to the electrical grid over the next year. See the DTE Energy Technologies press release.

In Colorado, Illinois, Missouri and Virginia, four rural electric cooperatives are now each operating one 4.5-kilowatt fuel cell system from H Power Corporation as a beta test of the company's newest product. The company will install more systems this month at other cooperatives that are members of Energy Co-Opportunity, Inc., an energy services cooperative that provides distributed energy solutions to U.S. electric cooperatives. See the H Power press release.