LATHAM, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2002 — Plug Power Inc. announced the availability of the company’s first direct-hydrogen fuel cell system designed to provide extended outage coverage for critical industrial operations.
The 5-kilowatt, 48 volt DC, hydrogen-fueled system, based on Plug Power’s proprietary technology, will support premium power applications.
The new system marks Plug Power’s first shipment into the back-up/UPS (uninterruptible power supply) markets. The direct-hydrogen system differs from Plug Power’s natural gas reforming GenSysà¢â€ž- 5C product, taking advantage of the current industrial hydrogen infrastructure.
“This product offers an excellent alternative to traditional battery and engine-generator architectures,” said Mark Sperry, Plug Power Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Customers will recognize several benefits from this product, including low operation and maintenance expenses with efficient operation over a wide range of outdoor ambient conditions.”
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has received three systems, which are expected to be installed this fall. The systems will be utilized to support uninterruptible power supply requirements for facilities at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a federal facility in Kings Point, N.Y.
An additional system has been delivered to a power supply OEM (original equipment manufacturer) for evaluation and testing. Additional system shipments are anticipated throughout the remainder of the year to a targeted list of customers including OEMs in the premium power sector.
The hydrogen-fueled system was evaluated and certified by CSA International (CSA) and is certified as compliant with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard for Fuel Cell Power Plants.
The DC/DC power conversion system was evaluated by the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and is recognized as compliant with the Standard for Inverters, Converters and Controllers for Use in Independent Power Systems. The hydrogen-fueled system conforms to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).
Plug Power designs, develops and manufactures on-site electric power generation systems utilizing Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells for stationary applications. Plug Power’s fuel cell systems are expected to be sold globally through a joint venture with General Electric and through DTE Energy Technologies in a four-state territory, which includes Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. The Company’s headquarters are located in Latham, N.Y., with offices in Washington, D.C. and The Netherlands.