Plug Power Completes US DOD Fuel Cell Program

January 23, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Plug Power Inc. (Latham, NY) announced the successful completion of the fuel cell demonstration program, funded by the US Department of Defense (DOD), at the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY. In early 2002, Plug Power installed 10 grid-parallel, 5kW, fuel cell systems, which operated for more than 80,000h and generated approximately 210,000kWh of electricity throughout the year.

The fuel cell systems provided supplemental power to a telecommunications facility, a research and development laboratory, and provided all power required for the four units at base housing. The fuel cell systems operated at or above 94 percent average availability during the year, exceeding the contract requirement of 90 percent. System performance over the year was monitored for power generated, electrical efficiency and system availability.