Marubeni Announces Direct FuelCell Siting

December 15, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Marubeni Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) and FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, CT) announced the siting of a Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant at the Nippon Metal Industry Co. Ltd. in Japan. Marubeni will install a 250kW DFC® power plant to the Sagamihara Works of Nippon Metal in the second quarter of 2003. The facility produces specialty steels for use in FuelCell Energy's fuel cell stacks. The DFC® co-generation unit will operate using town gas and supply the facility with electricity and steam.

"Marubeni is excited to provide Nippon Metal with a reliable source of high-quality, high-efficiency power using clean, DFC® technology," said Takeo Nakata, general manager of Marubeni's New Energies Team. "The industrial market in Japan and Asia holds significant potential for large-scale DFC® distributed power generation. This is particularly true in areas where traditional distributed generation technology is not appropriate due to high emissions."