Zoot Enterprises Receives Fuel Cell Delivery

June 17, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Zoot Enterprises Inc. (Bozeman, MT) announced that it has received two fuel cell power plants that will be installed at its Galactic Park high-technology campus. Zoot plans to use the two 250kW Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants manufactured by FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE, Danbury, CT) in conjunction with traditional diesel fuel generators and the electric grid to meet the electrical reliability requirements of its building, and to support future development for its online credit processing operations at the campus.

The DFC power plants use natural gas for fuel and produce electric power and hot water for heating and domestic uses. Zoot Enterprises purchased the fuel cells from the distributed generation arm of PPL EnergyPlus. Additionally, PPL has an equity investment in FuelCell Energy and is a distributor of its fuel cells in North America. The total value of the Zoot fuel cell project is $3.8 million, with $1.4 million provided in the form of a grant from the US Department of Energy.