Yellowstone National Park Installs H Power Fuel Cell

June 03, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

H Power Corp. (Clifton, NJ) announced that it has installed a 4.5kW cogeneration fuel cell system in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The demonstration project is part of the park's "Greening of Yellowstone" initiative, designed to reduce pollution and the impact of energy use to safeguard one of the nation's oldest and most revered national parks.

The H Power system has been installed at Yellowstone's west entrance in West Yellowstone, MT, through which approximately one million visitors pass each year. The 4.5kW, proton-exchange membrane, fuel cell system is fueled by propane, and provides electricity to ticket kiosks and an office, where it powers lights, communications equipment and computers. The system's byproduct heat will be used for space heating.

"The National Park Service is taking a position of leadership in introducing cleaner technologies for power generation to improve air quality," stated H Power CEO H. Frank Gibbard. "Our quiet, clean cogeneration fuel cell systems can operate independent of a power grid, and this makes them an ideal solution to the power needs in our national parks."