Danbury, CT, Oct. 24, 2005 — FuelCell Energy Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-clean power generation plants for commercial and industrial customers, announced the sale of a 500 kilowatt (kW) Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant to LOGANEnergy for the US Navy for anticipated use at the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, in California.
After compliance with all pertinent environmental requirements, LOGANEnergy will install the power plant, consisting of two 250 kW DFC300MA units, to provide base load electricity and heat energy for a bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) that houses over 200 Marines and a mess hall that serves over 400 personnel daily at Camp Pendleton. The power plant is scheduled to be up and running in late calendar year 2006. FuelCell Energy’s distribution partner LOGANEnergy will serve as prime contractor overseeing installation and operation of the DFC power plants and will also subcontract maintenance services to FCE under a multi-year service contract.
The federal government will have the opportunity to purchase two additional units and raise the fuel cell capacity on the Base to 1 megawatt. The fuel cell installation may also be eligible to receive up to $1.25 million from the State of California Self Generation Incentive Program.
Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton has always been proactive in energy conservation and energy efficiency; this year the Base has won its second consecutive Presidential & Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy Award. Jeff Allen, Base Energy Manager; Randy Monohan and Tim O’Hara, Resource Efficiency Managers, have been supportive advocates for the fuel cells to demonstrate the emerging technology and its benefits.
“The fuel cell power plant provides an ultra-clean source of reliable power and complements the base’s existing onsite generation capability,” said Jeff Allen. Upon completion of all required environmental analysis, “the operation is expected to save us money over our previous power purchasing cost, while increasing energy security at the base, and is consistent with our environmental objective to integrate natural resource management with training and mission support requirements.”