Fuel Cell to Power Washington Park Fire Station

December 15, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC), Plug Power Inc. (Latham, NY), Xcel Energy Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) and the City and County of Denver announced the installation of a proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell system at Denver's Washington Park Fire Station. Plug Power's PEM fuel cell system, fueled by natural gas, will provide a portion of the facilities' electricity and heat.

Washington Park's Fire Station fuel cell demonstration is open to the public and is scheduled to operate for one year. After that, Plug Power will replace the fire station's fuel cell with a future production model. Alpha Technologies (Woburn, MA) installed the fuel cell and will be responsible for its operation for the duration of the project. The installation represents a continuation of efforts led by the demonstration partners to highlight the value of fuel cell power generation and clean energy choices for domestic and commercial applications.

"We're excited to see the strong interest in fuel cells and clean energy in Colorado," said Plug Power President and Chief Executive Officer Roger Saillant. "Both installations have enabled us to highlight the versatility of our fuel cell in two very different applications, in a residence and at a fire station."