Plug Power Announces US Navy Fuel Cell Contracts

September 08, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Plug Power Inc. (Latham, NY) announced the sale and delivery of nine GenSys;trade;5C systems, the company's 5kW, combined heat and power (CHP) grid parallel, natural gas-fueled, proton-exchange membrane, fuel cell systems, to Johnson Controls Inc. (Milwaukee, WI), under contract to the Navy Renewable Energy Division at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, CA.

The nine systems are expected to be installed at three Naval facilities in California. Eight systems will provide electricity and will heat hot water in the bachelor-enlisted quarters, a gymnasium and laundry facilities at the Naval Air Station North Island and the submarine base located in San Diego. One additional system will provide electricity and heat to an indoor pool at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake. Installation of the systems is expected to start in September 2002. The fuel cell systems will operate for one year under this program.