Danbury, CN, Jan. 24, 2006 — FuelCell Energy Inc., a manufacturer of “clean” electric power generation plants for commercial and industrial customers, announced that its Asian distributor, Marubeni Corp., has sold a one megawatt (MW) direct fuelcell (DFC) power plant to provide electric power and heat for a Sharp Corp. production facility in Japan that manufactures advanced flat-screen TVs.
The DFC power plant will provide Sharp’s Kameyama manufacturing facility with a portion of its base load electricity needs and supply heat byproduct for air conditioning by means of absorption chilling. The Kameyama factory, situated in the Mie prefecture, occupies 3.5 million square feet and hosts end-to-end production of LCD TVs.
The 1 MW DFC power plant will be part of a green onsite generation power system in which the fuel cells will provide base load power, and a photovoltaic array will provide peaking power. The combined heat and power (CHP) application of the DFC power plant is expected to reduce the Kameyama factory’s carbon dioxide emissions by 2,300 tons.
The Kameyama plant is Sharp’s first “super green factory” — so designated for establishing technologies and policies to achieve maximum environmental protection. For example, Sharp recycles 100 percent of its manufacturing process wastewater and introduced a LNG cogeneration system.