Japanese Power Plant Fueled with Sewage Certified Efficient, Grid-Safe and
Independent Japanese industry group validates
Direct FuelCell use in wastewater treatment; certification expected to
streamline process of marketing future DFC sales in Japan.
A FuelCell Energy, Inc.
DANBURY, CONN., USA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A leading
manufacturer of ultra-clean and efficient electric power generation plants for
commercial and industrial customers, FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NasdaqNM:FCEL) today
announced that the Japan Institute of Wastewater Engineering Technology (JIWET)
has completed a comprehensive review of the DFC300A power plant operating at
Seibu Wastewater Treatment Plant, certifying that the product meets or exceeds
the independent industry trade group's examination standards for electrical
efficiency, heat recovery efficiency, air emissions and operational stability in
anaerobic digester gas (ADG) applications.
Certification of the Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) unit by JIWET was the result of
more than a year of testing and evaluation by the group in conjunction with the
city of Fukuoka, operator of the Seibu plant; Marubeni Corporation (TSE:8002),
FuelCell Energy's Asian distributor; and Kyushu Electric, one of Japan's five
JIWET's certification process reviewed the plant's electrical efficiency, its
exhaust heat recovery, and its ability to reduce atmospheric pollutants like
particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulfuric oxides. The DFC unit was
confirmed to eliminate these air pollutants to levels lower than one-tenth the
emissions permissible under Japan's strict environmental laws.
"Certification from JIWET is an important endorsement of Marubeni's
long-term investment in FuelCell Energy's products," said Mamoru Sekiyama,
Corporate Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Marubeni Corporation.
"Direct FuelCell power plants operating on renewable bio gas are
economically competitive -- since the fuel is free -- and they qualify for
government support under Biomass Nippon and the RPS Law of 2003. We feel this
milestone will help us launch DFC fuel cells in Japan as the preferred
ultra-clean, renewable, firm power option."
Commitments by Japanese companies and governmental organizations to reduce
greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocols increase the attractiveness of our
DFC products. Because traditional fuels for power generation are expensive in
Japan, and because DFC units are capable of generating high-efficiency
electricity on renewables like ADG, they hold an important competitive advantage
in the Japanese market. There are approximately 200 sites in Japan that produce
sufficient ADG to generate 250 kW or more of electric generation from DFC power
"ADG is a renewable fuel, meaning our fuel cell products qualify for
financial support under Japan's Renewable Portfolio Standards," said R.
Daniel Brdar, president and CEO of FuelCell Energy. "This reduces the cost
of the electricity and opens up other opportunities to sell DFC power plants for
reliable and firm, 24/7 electric generation on renewable fuels. JIWET's
certification, which recognizes the economic and environmental advantages of our
products for onsite power generation, streamlines the process of selling DFC
units into this market for similar applications."
JIWET was created in 1992 to research, develop, evaluate, promote and improve
the utilization of new technologies for sewage treatment facilities in Japan.
About FuelCell Energy
FuelCell Energy Inc. develops and markets ultra-clean power plants that generate
electricity with higher efficiency than distributed generation plants of similar
size and with virtually no air pollution. Fuel cells produce base load
electricity giving commercial and industrial customers greater control over
their power generation economics, reliability and emissions. Emerging state,
federal and international regulations to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
consider fuel cell power plants in the same environmentally friendly category as
wind and solar energy sources -- with the added advantages of running 24 hours a
day and the capacity to be installed where wind turbines or solar panels often
cannot be located. Headquartered in Danbury, Conn., FuelCell Energy services
over 40 power generation sites around the globe that have produced more than 94
million kilowatt hours, and conducts R&D on next-generation fuel cell
technologies to meet the world's ever-increasing demand for ultra-clean
distributed energy. For more information on the company, its products and its
worldwide commercial distribution alliances, please see www.fuelcellenergy.com.
Direct FuelCell, DFC and DFC/Turbine are registered trademarks of FuelCell
Energy, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
The Company's sub-megawatt DFC fuel cell power plant is a collaborative effort
combining its Direct FuelCell technology with a Hot Module(R) balance of plant
design from MTU CFC Solutions, GmbH.
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D. Allan Mar. 28, 2006
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