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FuelCell Energy Delivers One Billion Kilowatt Hours of Ultra-Clean Power Generation

Significant Milestone for Environmentally Friendly and Efficient Power Generation

DANBURY, Conn. — FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL) a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power plants, today announced a significant milestone with one billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of ultra-clean and renewable electricity produced by Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC)(R) power plants since 2003. One billion kWh of electricity can power more than 90,000 average size U.S. homes for one year. With more than 80 DFC plants producing environmentally friendly power and usable high quality heat at more than 50 locations globally, DFC plants are eliminating the emission of a significant level of pollutants and substantially reducing carbon emissions compared to the average U.S. fossil-fuel power plant.

When compared to the average U.S. fossil fuel power plant, one billion kWh of ultra-clean fuel cell power production configured in a combined heat & power mode (CHP):

  • Eliminated the emission of approximately 8,600 tons of criteria pollutants, which is equivalent to removing more than 137,000 passenger vehicles from the road
  • Prevented the emission of approximately 644,600 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, which is equivalent to removing more than 114,000 passenger vehicles from the road
  • Benefits public health and helps customers achieve sustainability goals by virtually eliminating pollutants including nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SOx) and particulate matter

“Our power plants are solving power generation challenges every day for our global customer base,” said Chip Bottone, President & Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “Our plants provide environmentally friendly power production where the power is used in an economically attractive manner.”

“One billion kilowatt hours of power production supports our position as a global leader in ultra-clean baseload distributed power generation with a growing installed base,” continued Mr. Bottone.

Fuel cells electrochemically convert a fuel source into electricity and heat in a highly efficient process that emits virtually no pollutants due to the absence of combustion. DFC power plants are fuel flexible, capable of operating on natural gas or renewable biogas. Efficiency of up to 90 percent can be achieved when the DFC plant is configured for combined heat and power (CHP) and the heat used by the customer. High efficiency reduces fuel costs and carbon emissions and producing both electricity and heat from the same unit of fuel can reduce the use of combustion based boilers used for heating, further reducing costs and pollutants.

The distributed generation attribute of fuel cells provides continuous power at the point of use, easing congestion of the transmission grid and enhancing power reliability. Customers include utilities that incrementally add power generation throughout their service network as well as municipal, industrial and government power users that value virtually emission-free on-site power generation.

About FuelCell Energy

Direct FuelCell(R) power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power at more than 50 locations worldwide. With over 180 megawatts of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, FuelCell Energy is a global leader in providing ultra-clean baseload distributed generation to utilities, industrial operations, universities, municipal water treatment facilities, government installations and other customers around the world. The Company’s power plants have generated over one billion kWh of power using a variety of fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as clean natural gas. For more information please visit our website at www.fuelcellenergy.com

January 11, 2012 - 1:06 PM No Comments

Hydrogenics Wins Electrolyzer Contract for Netherlands Hydrogen Fueling Station

Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Station the Fourth Station Order of 2011

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario- Hydrogenics Corporation (Nasdaq:HYGS) (TSX:HYG), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, has announced a contract with Ballast Nedam IPM, awarded at the end of December 2011, to supply a HySTAT®30 electrolyzer for integration into a Netherlands’ based hydrogen fueling station. The owner of the fueling station will be Waterstofnet, which is a non-profit organization financed by the Flemish and Dutch governments.

Hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles have been embraced as a significant part of Europe’s transportation solution towards the achievement of 2050 carbon-emission targets. Multiple regional initiatives are concurrently underway throughout Europe to this end.

With over 35 hydrogen fueling installations world-wide, Hydrogenics’ HySTAT® electrolyzer products continue to demonstrate their role in the future energy mix for transportation, with fully scalable capabilities to produce hydrogen on demand. This is the fourth hydrogen fueling station contract awarded to Hydrogenics in 2011.

“Our success in supplying electrolyser-based hydrogen fueling stations is directly linked to our vast experience in industrial hydrogen markets. Over the past 10 years, Hydrogenics has added over 200 HySTATTM industrial installations worldwide to its 1800 install-base. Our full range of electrolyzer products has made the name “HySTATTM” synonymous with safety, quality and dependability making it the number 1 choice for customers considering a hydrogen fueling station. We are pleased to have been selected by Ballast Nedam to provide our electrolysis product which will be our second fueling station delivered into the Netherlands,” said Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics President and Chief Executive Officer. “This award, achieved through a competitive bid based on tight selection criteria, demonstrates our ability to provide the highest quality equipment and engineering services to support the deployment of hydrogen fueling stations, not only in the Netherlands, but throughout Europe. We also acknowledge the critical support that Waterstofnet continues to play in the Dutch/Flemish region. Over the years this organization continues to demonstrate strong leadership in promoting Hydrogen technology development and deploying Hydrogen solutions throughout the region.”

The HySTAT 30 electrolyzers, capable of producing up to 65 kilograms per day of pure hydrogen, is anticipated to be delivered in mid 2012 and operational by the end of the year.

ABOUT HYDROGENICS

Hydrogenics Corporation (www.hydrogenics.com) is a globally recognized developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products and services, serving the growing industrial and clean energy markets of today and tomorrow. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has operations in North America and Europe.

January 11, 2012 - 7:27 AM No Comments

Pioneering EcoTruck which runs on methanol-driven fuel cells delivered to Holstebro Cemeteries

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Holstebro Cemeteries received the first commercially produced EcoMotion MaxiTruck, which runs on methanol-driven fuel cells. The truck, and its pioneering technology, is the first of its type ever sold to a Danish workplace. This also marks a key milestone in the EcoMotion cooperation between four Danish companies.
Mobile power station
In autumn 2010, Holstebro Cemeteries tested a prototype of the EcoMotion Truck. It was received enthusiastically by the team of gardeners, who then ordered a fully operational model. A year later, cemetery assistant Erik Søvndal and his colleagues can look forward to driving out in the first commercially produced EcoMotion MaxiTruck. “It’s really exciting to be involved in EcoMotion, and we’re looking forward to using the truck. I can’t help thinking of Rudolf Diesel, the German who invented the first diesel engine in 1897. Then, no-one could imagine how this would develop. Maybe one day the EcoMotion Truck’s technology will replace the diesel engine,” said Erik.
This is the first time that a fuel-cell based work vehicle has been sold to a Danish workplace. Like its prototype, the EcoMotion MaxiTruck is also a mobile power station that is easy on the environment too, since it is CO2 neutral. The truck runs on methanol, better known as wood alcohol. Thanks to the efficient fuel cells, the batteries are continuously and silently recharged, typically giving enough power for three days’ operation. The truck also generates power for the built-in power outlet, so the gardeners do not have to drag along metres of cabling for their electric hedge trimmers. Unlike the prototype, the final model for Holstebro Cemeteries has been further developed to feature four-wheel drive and pivot steering. This was requested by the gardeners, as it helps them manage the cemeteries’ winding paths.
Important milestone
The companies GMR maskiner A/S, Serenergy A/S and Energiselskabet OK a.m.b.a., together with the Danish Institute of Technology, have formed the EcoMotion partnership, with the object of developing the electrically-driven work vehicles of the future, based on innovative energy technologies. The entire project is supported by EUDP (the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme), under the auspices of the Danish Energy Agency. EUDP projects will help to make Denmark non-dependent on fossil fuels by 2050 and also develop Danish business potential, for the benefit of growth and employment. According to Nicolai Zarganis, head of secretariat at EUDP, it is an important milestone for EcoMotion that the project has now come so far that there is a commercially developed product available for sale:
“The fuel-cell technology has major potential in the transport area, but it has been a long time coming. So it is wonderful that Ecomotion has managed to integrate the methanol-driven fuel-cell technology in a work vehicle and to achieve a commercial product. This is an important step in the commercialisation of fuel cells and brings non-dependence on fossil fuels a step closer.”
Methanol can be the fuel of tomorrow
Svend Lykkemark Christensen, head of secretariat at OK a.m.b.a., explained how the combination of methanol and fuel cells not only ensures almost silent operation, but also reduces CO2, hydrocarbons and particle pollution: “Methanol is a potential replacement for fossil fuels since, besides being gentler on the environment, it is also a liquid fuel that can be handled in the existing distribution systems. EcoMotion is a good example of how methanol and fuel cells can be used to run an actual vehicle,” Svend explained.
More EcoMotion Trucks being put to work
Besides Holstebro Cemeteries, other enterprises such as Billund Airport, Aalborg Zoo and Esbjerg Municipality have each ordered an EcoMotion Truck. These will be built and delivered by GMR maskiner in the course of the autumn. Niels Kirkegaard, CEO of GMR, is very positive about the market for work vehicles with methanol-driven fuel cells. “We have a unique product that can be used in many different ways because the built-in power centre means the vehicle is also a power supply. In several markets we will be able to offer an efficient alternative to the present diesel-operated vehicles. So I believe that EcoMotion vehicles are definitely here to stay,” Niels said.
January 11, 2012 - 6:49 AM No Comments

Fuel Cell Buses Becoming One Popular Ride

In recent months, major purchases and significant milestones are helping to speed fuel cell buses into the spotlight and onto the roadway.

Washington, DC – For years, fuel cell buses have been silently running in transit fleets of more than 20 cities around the world, reducing emissions while providing reliable service to passengers. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 25 fuel cell buses in service or on order in 11 different states. In recent months, major purchases and significant milestones are helping to speed fuel cell buses into the spotlight and onto the roadway.

In addition to being super quiet, fuel cell buses offer greater fuel efficiency and zero emissions. Recent developments include:

• UTC Power’s latest generation PureMotion® System Model 120 fuel cell powerplant for hybrid-electric transit buses surpassed 10,000 operating hours in real-world service with its original cell stacks and no cell replacements. The fuel cell system is aboard an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) bus operating in the Greater Oakland, California, area.

• In Canada, the 20-bus fleet operated by BC Transit powered by Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cell modules recently surpassed 1 million miles (1.6-million kilometers) in two years.

• Ballard Power Systems also received several major orders to supply its FCvelocity™ HD6 fuel cell power modules to fleets, including 25 buses for Sao Paulo, Brazil and 21 buses in various European cities. Both orders are planned to be delivered in 2012. Ballard also received an order for three fuel cell modules to power hybrid fuel cell buses in London, England. The three buses will join five existing fuel cell buses for revenue service in Transport for London’s (TfL) fleet.

• Hamburger Hochbahn AG has acquired four Mercedes-Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid buses through the German “NaBuZ demo” project that promotes sustainable bus systems. Three more buses will be delivered next year.

• A “Buy America”-compliant fuel cell bus was delivered by Ballard and partners to SunLine Transit Agency. SunLine will also receive two new fuel cell hybrid buses, funded under the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) “Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER)” program.

• The FTA National Fuel Cell Bus Program awarded the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) $6.42 million for six projects and CALSTART $10.17 for two projects, including fuel cell buses for California, Chicago, Austin, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama.

• Connecticut Transit (CTTransit) was awarded $5,702,298 to install a stationary fuel cell at its New Haven Division Bus Maintenance Facility. The grant was awarded through the FTA’s TIGGER program. CTTransit now has five fuel cell buses in its fleet, with one in operation since 2007.

• Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Hino Motors, Ltd. provided a FCHV-BUS, a fuel cell hybrid bus for a commercial bus route between central Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) run by Airport Transport Service Co., Ltd.

For a complete listing of fuel cell buses around the world, Fuel Cells 2000 offers both the U.S. and International Fuel Cell Bus Charts. For more information on the projects listed above or fuel cells in general, please visit www.fuelcells.org.

January 11, 2012 - 6:12 AM No Comments