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June 19, 2002

Shell to Develop Multi-Megawatt Fuel Cells for Oil Platforms

The Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies has launched a project in Norway to explore multi-megawatt fuel cells. Shell is partnering with Aker Kvaerner and Statkraft on the $125 million project, which is expected to be finished in 2010. Shell intends to develop fuel cells as large as 10 to 20 megawatts in capacity, which could provide the power needs of offshore oil or gas platforms. See the Shell press release.

While Shell looks to the future, today's fuel cell companies continue to advance their products. H Power Corporation installed a 4.5-kilowatt fuel cell system at Yellowstone National Park in early June. The propane-fueled system provides power to ticket kiosks and an office at the west entrance to the park, and its waste heat will be used for space heating. H Power recently sold 50 500-watt systems to Energy Co-Opportunity, an energy services cooperative.

Another fuel cell company, Plug Power Inc., announced on June 18th that its 5-kilowatt fuel cell system has been certified for grid interconnection in California. The Plug Power system is the first fuel cell system certified by the California Energy Commission. See the Plug Power press release.