This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

July 31, 2002

More Fuel Cells Installed in July as Companies See Ups and Downs

Fuel cell companies continued to install their systems throughout the country in July, with recent installations in Texas, Montana, and Georgia. UTC Fuel Cells installed a 200-kilowatt system at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Health Center in Austin, Texas. The system, fueled with natural gas, also produces 900,000 Btu of usable heat per hour. Global Thermoelectric Inc., a supplier of solid oxide fuel cell systems, is installing a 2-kilowatt natural-gas-fueled residential system and a 3- to 5-kilowatt methane-fueled industrial system at Montana State University-Billings for evaluation by the university and Montana-Dakota Utilities Company. And Plug Power Inc. installed a 5-kilowatt fuel cell system at the Flint Energies service center in Warner Robins, Georgia. Plug Power also unveiled a new system that generates 5 kilowatts of electricity and 9 kilowatts of usable heat. See the press releases from UTC Fuel Cells, Global Thermoelectric, Plug Power, and Flint Energies.

The continued interest in fuel cells for on-site power generation is apparently paying off for Proton Energy Systems, Inc., which opened a new 100,000-square-foot facility in Wallingford, Connecticut, early in July. The new facilities will allow the company to expand from its current workforce of 150 to as many as 500 employees over the next several years. See the Proton Energy press release.

But the news is not all good for fuel cell companies: DCH Technologies, parent company of Enable Fuel Cells Corporation, reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July that it was putting its fuel cell division up for sale. The company furloughed nearly all of its employees in June due to cash flow challenges. See the company's June and July filings on the SEC Web site.

Features