Plug Power Announces Europe PEM Fuel Cell Installation

January 28, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Plug Power Inc. (Latham, NY) and partner, Vaillant GmbH (Remscheid, Germany), announced that they installed the first European Conformity (CE) certified proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell heating appliance in Europe. The system operates on natural gas and produces 4kW of electricity and 9kW of heat.

Plug Power manufactured the fuel cell subsystem, and Vaillant integrated the system into a fuel cell heating appliance that produces heat and hot water. Prior to installation, significant test hours were recorded where Vaillant verified the operating system's safety and was the first company in Europe to receive European Conformity (CE) from the German Association of Gas and Water for a fuel cell heating appliance.

"Vaillant's strengths in heating technology and Plug Power's capabilities in fuel cell technology combine to bring an exciting new product to market," said Roger Saillant, Plug Power president and CEO. "This strategic alliance greatly expands the possibilities for Plug Power fuel cells."