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Fuel cells reach green power milestones in New York project

first_img Twitter Fuel cells reach green power milestones in New York project By chloecox – 11.27.2001 “The PC25 continues to demonstrate the ability of fuel cells to provide clean, reliable and efficient distributed power to meet the world’s growing and changing energy needs,” said William T. Miller, president of International Fuel Cells. “KeySpan has helped us to establish a high standard of product support, fast service, and superb reliability.” “KeySpan has been one of the most aggressive energy companies in the nation in the commercialization of fuel cells,” said Robert B. Catell, chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation. “They are cleaner and more reliable than most other energy sources, and use natural gas, an abundant North American fuel. As the cost of fuel cells come down, they will play a critical part in the nation’s energy future.” The PC25Cs™ are 200 kilowatt natural-gas-powered fuel cells manufactured by International Fuel Cells, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Two such PC25s provide electric power for the NASDAQ sign’s home, the Durst Organization flagship at Four Times Square, also known as the Conde Nast building. The building is a 48-story office tower, located on Broadway between 42nd Street and 43rd Street, in Manhattan. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants KeySpan Energy’s experience with fuel cell technology goes back to the 1970s. The company played a key role in the development of the PC25, a 200 kilowatt fuel cell that is now providing electricity and thermal energy to hospitals, schools, banks, manufacturing plants, data centers, waste water treatment plants and other facilities around the world that need clean, reliable power. A member of the S&P 500, KeySpan Corporation (NYSE: KSE – news) is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast, with 2.4 million gas customers and more than 13,000 employees. KeySpan is also the largest investor-owned electric generator in New York State and operates Long Island’s electric system under contract with the Long Island Power Authority for its 1.1 million customers. With headquarters in Brooklyn, Boston and Long Island, KeySpan manages a portfolio of service companies. They include: KeySpan Energy Delivery, the group of regulated natural gas utilities; KeySpan Home Energy Services, a full-service energy company for residential and small commercial customers; and KeySpan Business Solutions, a full-service energy company for business customers. KeySpan also has strategic investments in natural-gas exploration and production, pipeline transportation, distribution and storage, as well as Canadian gas processing and fiber-optic cable. For more information about the company, visit KeySpan’s Web site at: http://www.keyspanenergy.com. Since 1992, KeySpan has operated an earlier model of the PC25™ fuel cell at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Staten Island, providing electricity and heat to the hospital. To generate the same amount of electricity as a PC25 in a year, an average combustion-based power plant would have produced more than 41,000 pounds of air pollutants and four million pounds of carbon dioxide. By comparison, the new fuel cells emit only 72 pounds of pollutants, and one and a half million pounds of carbon dioxide. Fuel cells are also extremely efficient. A central power plant runs at approximately 30% efficiency; a fuel cell is about 40% efficient. And when excess heat is recovered, a fuel cell can be as much as 80% efficient. No posts to display Facebook KeySpan is an authorized service provider for eight PC25 natural-gas-powered fuel cells in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to the units at Four Times Square, KeySpan maintains the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) PC25s at the New York Police Department station house in Central Park, the Yonkers Waste Water Treatment Plant, and North Central Bronx Hospital. KeySpan also provides natural gas to two PC25’s in its New England service territory. BROOKLYN, N.Y., Nov. 27, 2001 — Commercial fuel cells, powered by clean natural gas, have just achieved milestones in Staten Island, New York. Facebook Emissions TAGSISONENYPA Previous articlePuget Sound files for $228 million electricity rate increaseNext articleEnron downgraded to junk bond status; bankruptcy a risk chloecox A PC25C™ fuel cell power plant, installed at Sun Chemical Corporation, also in Staten Island, in 1996, has been operating for 40,000 hours — a U.S. record. A second unit at Sun will reach 40,000 hours shortly. Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Fuel cells convert the chemical energy of hydrogen (derived from natural gas) directly into electricity, without any combustion. As long as fuel and air are supplied, fuel cells produce electricity. In light of the volatility of the energy supplies in recent years, many businesses are looking to fuel cells as a means of increasing power reliability. Twitter Linkedinlast_img

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