FCE Announces DOE Fuel Cell/Turbine Agreement

October 02, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE, Danbury, CT) announced a modification to the existing Vision 21 program agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE, Washington, DC) to demonstrate two additional sub-megawatt power plants based on the company's patented Direct FuelCell/Turbine® (DFC/T®) technology. The modification provides an additional $16.0 million to the project's budget that will be shared by the DOE and FuelCell Energy.

Under the existing Vision 21 program, FuelCell Energy is developing a systems integration design for a commercial 40MW DFC/T stationary power plant and continuing proof-of-concept testing of the DFC/T power plant with a 60kW microturbine. The program modification will add the design, development and demonstration of sub-megawatt DFC/T power plants in grid-connected field conditions, assess the efficiency potential of the sub-megawatt plants, and provide valuable data on integration and operation of DFC/T power plants under laboratory and field operating conditions.