FCE's DFC Plant Receives CA Emissions Certification

May 11, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE, Danbury, CT) announced that its sub-megawatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant is now state-certified to meet the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) stringent new distributed generation emissions standards for 2007. By meeting this standard, the company's sub-megawatt DFC power plant is categorized as an "ultra-clean" technology, exempting it from air pollution control or air quality district permitting requirements by CARB.

In addition, the certification qualifies the company's products for preferential rate treatment by the California Public Utilities Commission such as the elimination of "exit fees" and "standby charges" for customer electric generation. FuelCell Energy now has all the necessary certifications to streamline the deployment of its DFC power plants, and they now qualify for state incentive funding in California. The company was certified for grid interconnection with the investor-owned electric utilities under California's "Rule 21" standard in February 2003. Earlier this week, the company's DFC300A power plant was certified to meet the American National Standards Institute products safety standard for stationary fuel cell systems, ANSIZ21.83.