FuelCell Energy ships power plant to Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power

DANBURY, Conn., July 26, 2001 – FuelCell Energy, Inc., shipped a 250 kW Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

The power plant is to be sited at the downtown headquarters of the LADWP, providing electricity to the building and serving as an example of the environmental advantages and distributed generation capabilities of Direct FuelCells.

“The delivery of this power plant to LADWP continues our march to commercialization,” said Jerry D. Leitman, president and CEO of FuelCell Energy. “LADWP and FuelCell Energy will gain operating data and on-site experience from this first-of-a-kind unit. This project, and others in the pipeline, will contribute to the commercial launch of our products later this year.”

“LADWP is taking a leadership role in pursuing new technologies such as fuel cells which are environmentally friendly,” said Moe Chaudhry, Assistant General Manager, Power Transmission and Distribution, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. “This project demonstrates our commitment to the technology and to FuelCell Energy.”

The company currently has a field trial backlog of approximately 10 MWs including two additional 250kW DFC power plants for LADWP.

About Direct FuelCells

Direct FuelCells® (DFC®) generate electricity with no combustion. They are, in-effect, like large continuously operating batteries that generate electricity as long as fuel, such as natural gas, is supplied. Since the fuel is not burned, there is no pollution commonly associated with the combustion of fossil fuels. Also, the high efficiency leads to more electric power from less fuel and with less carbon dioxide emissions. DFC technology eliminates external fuel processing to extract hydrogen from a hydrocarbon fuel. This results in a product whose cost, combined with high efficiency, simplicity and reliability, results in product advantages for stationary power generation.


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power serves more than 3.8 million people in Los Angeles and was established almost 100 years ago to provide water and electric needs to the city’s businesses and residents.

About FuelCell Energy, Inc.

FuelCell Energy, Inc. (www.fuelcellenergy.com), based in Danbury, Connecticut, is a developer of high efficiency fuel cells for electric power generation. The company has been developing DFC technology for stationary power plants with the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Energy Technology Laboratory, whose advanced fuel cell research program is focused on developing a new generation of high performance fuel cells that can generate clean electricity at power stations or in distributed locations near the customer, including hospitals, schools, data centers and other commercial and industrial applications.


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