FuelCell Energy Begins Operating 250kW DFC Power Plant in Germany

May 08, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

FuelCell Energy's (Danbury, CT) partner in Europe, the MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH (Germany) unit of DaimlerChrysler, today began operating a 250kW Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant at the Rhon-Klinikum Hospital in Bad Neustadt. The power plant will be connected to the internal power supply system of the hospital. It will also provide about 170kW of by-product heat energy, which can be used to produce high-pressure steam for sterilization and air-conditioning. It contains DFCs manufactured by FuelCell Energy and configured in a power plant design by MTU.

“This is another important step for us and our partners at MTU in rolling out field trials at customer sites," said Jerry D. Leitman, FuelCell Energy president and CEO. “The MTU team has taken the time to benefit from the experience of running their first unit at the University of Bielefeld. They are working closely with the technical staff at Rhon to build on that experience and I am confident that this extra effort will produce even better results at the hospital."