FCT Announces First Project in Canada

July 13, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

A new project that involves Fuel Cell Technologies Corp. (FCT, Kingston, ON) in a consortium led by BC Research Inc. (BCRI, Vancouver, BC), will be funded by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC, Canada). Fuel Cell Technologies will be funded to provide one of its 5kW fuel cell products to the project. On June 9th, 2003, SDTC announced that it approved the project in principle and that contract negotiations will now follow.

The project is a trial of the multi-fuel capabilities of FCT's 5kW solid-oxide fuel cell unit in a commercial setting in Vancouver: the BCRI laboratories building. The fuel cell unit will use a variety of fuels such as natural gas, methanol, hydrogen, propane and heavier hydrocarbons to generate electricity and heat without combustion. The unit's output electricity and the co-generated heat will be incorporated into the building's utility system. The project will look at optimizing the performance of the fuel cell unit and its multi-fuel capabilities. From this trial, the consortium will gain information that will assist with the continued development of leading-edge energy technology, and development of ancillary technologies and services that will ensure that fuel cell products attain rapid and widespread market penetration.