Plug Power Fuel Cells Heat Dairy Farm in NY

June 07, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Plug Power Inc. (Latham, NY), a fuel-cell development and manufacturing company, announced that since February 2004, a Plug Power fuel cell system has generated about 4,800 kWh of electricity, and operated for more than 2,000 hours at the site, according to state officials.

Wagner Farms, in Eagle Mills, NY, has 300 cows. The fuel cell system is used to heat the milking parlor at the farm. Plug Power has also installed a fuel cell at Stanton's Dairy Farm in Coeymans Hollow, in Albany County. The system at Wagner Farms uses liquefied petroleum gas as fuel. Fuel cells produce electricity through a chemical process that does not involve combustion. The technology is billed as being more efficient than traditional electricity generation methods, and produces little pollution, primarily emitting water vapor and carbon dioxide.