DOE Selects FuelCell Energy as SECA Contractor

April 28, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, CT) announced that it has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE, Washington, DC) as a new project participant for its Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) program, subject to negotiation of a final agreement. The total project award amount for the 10-year, solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) development program is approximately $139 million that will be cost-shared with the DOE.

The goal of SECA program is to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost, SOFCs as quickly as possible over the next decade, a key element of DOE's commitment to developing clean, efficient, reliable and affordable power generation for virtually all markets. When fully developed as planned, the program will develop SOFC modules in the 3kW to 10kW size range that can be fitted together for combined heat and power products for applications up to 100kW. Target markets include remote sites; telecommunications; commercial and residential buildings; and backup, mobile standby and auxiliary power units.