International Fuel Cells Installs PC25 Fuel Cell Power System at Liverpool High School

February 22, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

Liverpool High School (Liverpool, NY) has recently become the first high school equipped with a fuel cell. Students and faculty were present as the fuel cell began operation for the first time, generating electricity and serving as a new teaching tool.

The fuel cell power system, model PC25, installed at the Liverpool school was developed by International Fuel Cells (IFC, South Windsor, CT) and manufactured by its sister company, ONSI Corp. (South Windsor, CT). It was installed by Niagara Mohawk Energy Inc. (Syracuse, NY) as part of a $15.0 million project to improve energy service to the school system. The fuel cell system at the high school is being funded, in part, by the US Department of Defense and a grant from the State of New York.

According to IFC, each IFC PC25 fuel cell generates 200kW of electricity, enough to supply electricity for nearly 150 homes, and more than 700,000Btu per hour of usable heat. Compared with electricity generated from the average combustion-based processes in the US, this fuel cell system is designed to save more than 40,000 pounds of air pollution and 1,100 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during each year of operation.

"This project is another example of how our fuel cells provide reliable, clean electricity throughout the world. Fuel cells have moved beyond the experimental stage. They make sense in today's marketplace, particularly where environmental concerns are paramount," said William Miller, IFC president.