ATCO Invests $1.2M in Fuel Cell Research

June 23, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

ATCO Gas will invest $1.2 million to develop new research focused on determining viable commercial applications for power generated by Canada's first high voltage, fully operational fuel cell. Installed at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT, Alberta, Canada), the $3.25 million fuel cell project at the applied technology post-secondary institution is funded in partnership with provincial and federal government agencies.

The Western Economic Diversification Canada, Alberta Energy Research Institute, ATCO Gas and Climate Change Central are combining resources to install both a 200kW phosphoric acid fuel cell and a smaller, 5kW solid-oxide fuel cell at NAIT's power generation laboratory. An interactive, interpretive, center incorporating the 200kW fuel cell will open at NAIT in early 2004. The project will also place NAIT's power engineering program at the forefront of international fuel cell education.