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May 14, 2003

Dow Chemical Plant to Install up to 35 Megawatts of GM Fuel Cells

Dow Chemical Company and General Motors Corporation (GM) reached an initial agreement on May 7th to install GM fuel cells at Dow's manufacturing facility in Freeport, Texas. Test of the fuel cells should begin late this year, leading to commercialization of the fuel cells in 2006. The Dow facility could eventually draw on up to 500 GM fuel cells, producing 35 megawatts of power. For Dow, the agreement makes use of hydrogen produced in one of its chemical processes to help power its largest manufacturing facility. For GM, the deal may help reduce fuel-cell costs to the point where they become practical to use in vehicles. See the Dow press release.

The fuel cell industry should experience a boom in the next decade, according to a report released Tuesday by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI). The report projects at least $18.6 billion in global sales by 2013, and nearly $35 billion if the markets for automotive fuel cells improve. See the ABI press release (PDF 42 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.