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CT TRANSIT sets Another Green Example: Installs PureCell® System from UTC Power and Expands Commitment to Reducing Environmental Impact

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.–UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, today announced that CT TRANSIT, which currently operates five buses powered by UTC Power’s transportation fuel cells, will expand their commitment to reducing their environmental impact through the purchase of a PureCell® stationary fuel cell system for their headquarters on Leibert Road in Hartford, Conn. The fuel cell will provide 400 kilowatts (kW) of clean, reliable power to the 330,000 square-foot facility.  Thermal energy from the fuel cell will be used to pre-heat two boilers that support the building’s primary heating system.

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CT TRANSIT General Manager David Lee noted, “We are excited to add this cutting-edge fuel cell technology to provide onsite, local power generation in an extremely environmentally positive way. This will reduce our utility costs and improve the reliability of our electrical service.” Lee went on to say, “Our proven collaboration with UTC Power, demonstrated in the operation of five fuel cell transit buses, leaves us confident that this new investment in our fuel cell use will pay off, all the while supporting technology development and jobs in Connecticut.”

By generating power on-site with a fuel cell, CT TRANSIT will prevent the release of more than 827 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 191 acres of trees.  The reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant are equal to the environmental benefit of removing more than 102 cars from the road.  In addition to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the PureCell system will enable CT TRANSIT to save nearly 3.6 million gallons of water annually.

“CT TRANSIT will be the first UTC Power customer to use both our transportation and stationary products,” said Joe Triompo, VP and General Manager of UTC Power.  “They have been a strong partner in the deployment of the PureMotion® system for buses, and we are pleased that they will now be gaining the efficiency and environmental benefits of using our PureCell system at their Hartford headquarters.”

This project is supported by a grant from the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program, also known as TIGGER. The program is run by the Federal Transit Administration. TIGGER is a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

UTC Power’s stationary fuel cell, the PureCell system, is a combined heat and power system that represents a game-changing technology. Compared to typical central generation and other fuel cell offerings, the PureCell system offers customers lower energy costs, reduced emissions, an industry-leading 90 percent system efficiency, 10-year cell stack durability and 20-year product life.

About UTC Power

UTC Power is part of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), which provides energy-efficient products and services to the aerospace and building industries.  UTC is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index each year since it was launched in 1999.  Based in South Windsor, Conn., UTC Power is the world leader in developing and producing fuel cells that generate energy for buildings and for transportation, space and defense applications. UTC Power has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 300 stationary fuel cells in 19 countries on six continents. For more information, please visit www.utcpower.com.

About CT TRANSIT

CT TRANSIT is the state-owned bus transit system serving the greater Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britain, Meriden, Bristol and Wallingford areas. For more information, please visit www.cttransit.com.

February 28, 2012 - 2:39 PM No Comments

FuelCell Energy Announces Signing of a Long Term Service Agreement with a California Utility for a Stationary Fuel Cell Power Plant

DANBURY, Conn. – FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL) a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today announced the signing of a multi-year service agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE) to operate and maintain the 1.4 megawatt Direct FuelCell® power plant previously purchased and located at California State University – San Bernardino. FuelCell Energy will operate and maintain the power plant.

SCE will sell the ultra-clean electricity produced by the fuel cell power plant to the University under a power purchase agreement and will also provide the high-grade heat generated by the fuel cell to the University. The utility benefits with ultra-clean power generation that supports clean air initiatives, highly efficient power generation that reduces fuel costs, and on-site power generation, representing incremental capacity that reduces the need to invest in transmission and distribution.

The ultra-clean power generation supports sustainability goals for the University as well as reducing fuel costs due to reduced usage of a boiler for heating. The fuel cell power plant releases virtually zero pollutants and the high efficiency of the power generation process reduces carbon emissions. The ability of the fuel cell to generate both power and heat from the same unit of fuel lessens the University’s usage of a combustion-based boiler for heat, further reducing emissions.

“The fuel cell power plant service agreements that we offer allows our customers to focus on what they do best while we concentrate on our core expertise of delivering ultra-clean power in an efficient and reliable manner,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. ”Service is a key aspect of our business model as we operate and maintain virtually every Direct FuelCell power plant installation, around the clock.”

FuelCell Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of services for fuel cell power plants with service agreements ranging from one to 20 years in duration.  Technicians and engineers remotely operate and maintain the Direct FuelCell power plants globally, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year from the state-of-the-art Global Technical Assistance Center, located at the Company’s Danbury, Connecticut headquarters. Field service technicians directly employed by FuelCell Energy service the power plants on-site.

About FuelCell Energy

Direct FuelCell® 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 more than one billion kilowatt hours of ultra-clean 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

February 28, 2012 - 9:00 AM No Comments

Worldwide 12 new hydrogen refueling stations in 2011

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Munich–In 2011, worldwide, 12 new hydrogen fueling stations have been opened. This brought the total number of in-service gas stations on 215. This is the result of the fourth annual evaluation of H2stations.org, a website of the Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik (LBST), and by TÜV SÜD. An additional 122 stations are worldwide in planning.

Three new stations were put into operation in Germany last year, two of them in the Southwest. In addition to the focal points of Hamburg, Berlin and the Ruhr area the nationwide network of hydrogen refueling stations is taking more and more shape. Especially, the gas stations on the direct line from Berlin to Munich are missing. The corridor to the south is expected to be pushed further on for this year with the opening of a gas station in Bozen. The openings of the year 2011 in Switzerland and Mailand complement the corridor to the southwest.

In Germany, in 2011 a total of 29 operational hydrogen fueling stations were recorded, 12 stations are planned in detail. For a further 20 stations to be built by 2014, the site has not yet been determined. Overall in Europe nine stations opened last year. In Finland the first hydrogen filling station was put into production in January of 2012, and another is planned. In North America, two new stations were opened. At the same time, however, some stations were closed- albeit far less than expected because gas stations are often operated on after the end of publicly funded projects.

Thus, to the knowledge of the Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik a total of 85 petrol stations in Europe, 80 in North America and 47 are in operation in Asia. The remaining three stations are located in South America, where the fleet of fuel cell buses in Sao Paulo will be extended to 25 buses.

The page H2stations.org (www.H2stations.org) shows all the hydrogen-fueling stations that are in operation, planned and closed on interactive maps. The database is constantly updated and contains detailed information on the current existing 437 service stations and station plans. The database could be expanded for 2011 by 19 stations. To 145 gas stations there were new messages. “The database is avalaible free of charge for non-commercial use,” says CEO Dr. Uwe Albrecht LBST. “For commercial customers, we also offer further information and specific evaluations.”

Information and services on hydrogen and fuel cells

In their hydrogen and fuel cell portal (www.netinform.de/H2) TÜV SÜD and LBST have summarized extensive information and services for professionals and interested laymen. In addition, www.H2stations.org, also entails the website www.H2mobility.org with an overview of all hydrogen vehicles since 1807, as well as detailed technical information and service rules.

The Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST) is a consulting company for energy and the environment. The renowned experts support their international clients in industry, finance, politics and organizations on issues of technology, strategy and sustainability. Two decades of continuous experience of the interdisciplinary team form the basis of the comprehensive competence of the LBST. Since 2006 the international service corporation TÜV SÜD holds a minority stake in Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik. The common goal is the safe and economic use of alternative energy sources.

February 28, 2012 - 8:40 AM No Comments

Acta signs Strategic Commercial Partnership with Heliocentris including Licensing Agreement and Investment

Acta S.p.A. (AIM: ACTA), the clean energy products company, announces that it has entered into a ten year licensing agreement (the “Agreement”) with Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG (XETRA: H2FA) (”Heliocentris”), a company which specialises in autonomous energy supply and energy efficiency solutions with the aim of replacing diesel generators with “zero-emission” products.

Under the Agreement Heliocentris has committed to buying alkaline solid membrane electrolyser products exclusively from Acta, with a minimum purchase commitment of 500 units in the third year of the partnership and €1.5 million in year four. In exchange Heliocentris will have a non exclusive world-wide license to use Acta’s technology in all Heliocentris products, and subject to meeting the above minimum purchase commitments, will maintain exclusive licenses in Germany and for Middle East and Africa for certain stationary clean power applications such as telecom base stations or home power solutions, as well as the world-wide exclusive license for certain laboratory, educational and training applications. Acta will continue to establish commercial partnerships for its hydrogen generator products in other markets and applications world-wide.

The Agreement is conditional on an investment of €250,000 by Heliocentris in any equity fundraising by Acta of over GBP 1.8 million and Heliocentris have indicated an investment price of up to 6 pence per share. As announced on 14 February 2012 Acta has decided to seek additional funds to finance the working capital requirements of the Company’s current commercial expansion and subject to receiving the required shareholder authority at the EGM to be held on 1 March 2012, it is expected that this will be by way of an equity fundraising.

Paolo Bert, Chief Executive of Acta commented

“Heliocentris is a world leader in the field of energy efficiency and clean power solutions and as such, this Agreement represents not only a fantastic endorsement of Acta’s technology, but also the culmination of many months of successful product validation. It will enable Acta to address significant markets for its products through the established sales channels which Heliocentris already has in place.

In particular we expect to gain rapid market traction in the Middle East, where Heliocentris has the benefit of established local operations, the presence of NTEC, the technology arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority and a close connection to Alcazar Capital, a Dubai-based corporate finance advisory and private equity firm with a strong focus on the telecoms industry. In addition, the investment by Heliocentris in Acta demonstrates the confidence in the collaboration and the progress the two companies have made to date.”

Ayad Abul-Ella, Chief Executive of Heliocentris commented

“We are excited to have entered into this strategic partnership with Acta. Cost efficient and scalable hydrogen generation is an important element of Heliocentris’ roadmap towards autonomous power and zero emission solutions. The combination of Acta’s innovative alkaline solid membrane technology and Heliocentris’ leading system engineering know-how will enable Heliocentris to expand its successful current rollout of GenSet efficiency and energy management solutions to the next level: commercially viable and industrial grade autonomous power as well as zero emission solutions.”

February 28, 2012 - 8:00 AM No Comments

Fuji’s First Fuel Cell Exports Go to Daimler

BERLIN and TOKYO–Germany’s fuel cell market has gained a new player. Fuji Electric Co. will be delivering its first industrial fuel cells outside Japan to Daimler in Hamburg. Investments in the industry are on the rise as well. Canadian fuel cell giant Ballard Power Systems recently opened its European headquarters in Germany, supported by Germany Trade & Invest.  Representatives from Germany Trade & Invest will be at this year’s 8th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo from February 29 to March 3 in Tokyo to share the latest trends and business opportunities in Germany’s fuel cell industry.

“The internationalization of the fuel cell market is an important step. Germany’s large share of renewable energy and its decision to abandon nuclear power has accelerated development and commercialization in the field. Companies can gain a clear first-mover advantage here,” said Raphael Goldstein, hydrogen and fuel cell expert at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin.

With 19.9 percent of electricity in Germany coming from renewable sources in 2011 – a figure climbing steadily – the need for energy storage and smart grid solutions is becoming more acute. Fluctuating supply sources such as wind and solar must be stored or intelligently managed in order to meet peak demand. Both stationary and mobile solutions are being implemented, including electric and fuel cell vehicles. Fuji’s first deliveries to Europe will go to Daimler, however they will power an innovative Mercedes dealership in Hamburg, demonstrating that both types of fuel cells are gaining traction in Germany.

Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises foreign companies looking to expand their business activities in the German market. It provides information on foreign trade to German companies that seek to enter foreign markets

February 28, 2012 - 7:24 AM No Comments