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March 02, 2005

One-Megawatt Fuel Cell Planned for San Diego Hotel

FuelCell Energy, Inc. announced in mid-February that it will provide four 250-kilowatt fuel cell power plants to the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina by year-end. The one-megawatt fuel cell installation will provide baseload power to the hotel, and its waste heat will be used to heat the pool. The project is the first in a series under an agreement between Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., which owns the Sheraton, and Alliance Star Energy LLC, a joint venture of FuelCell Energy and Alliance Power. The new agreement provides the framework for fuel cell projects for Starwood hotels, with an initial focus on its California properties. See the FuelCell Energy press release.

Photo of the two interconnected metal boxes that form the Tokyo Gas fuel cell system.

The Tokyo Gas fuel cell system includes the fuel cell and a reformer that converts natural gas to hydrogen.
Credit: Tokyo Gas Company, Ltd.

FuelCell Energy and Alliance Power have also been working with the City of Santa Barbara to install two 250-kilowatt fuel cell plants at the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Facility. The 500-kilowatt system will be fueled with methane generated at the facility. The companies and the city dedicated the new system on February 23rd. See the FuelCell Energy press release.

Residents of certain areas of Tokyo, Japan, have the opportunity to provide power and hot water for their homes using a fuel cell cogeneration system developed by Tokyo Gas Company, Ltd.; Ebara Ballard Corporation; and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. At a cost of about $9,550 (1 million yen), customers will have use of a 1-kilowatt fuel cell system for 10 years. Customers will also earn a 3 percent discount on their gas bills for three years and will have their bill capped at about $90 per month (9,500 yen). See the Tokyo Gas press release (PDF 137 KB) and the Tokyo Gas Web site. Download Acrobat Reader.