New Database Lists 337 Fuel Cell Projects in 43 States
November 22, 2006
At least 337 stationary fuel cell projects have been built throughout the United States, according to a new database created by Fuel Cells 2000 and DOE's Hydrogen Program. The database, which includes both active and retired projects, lists stationary fuel cell efforts in 43 states. The leading state in terms of sheer numbers is California, with 59 projects, followed closely by New York, with 53. According to the database, the largest U.S. fuel cell projects include a now-defunct 2-megawatt molten carbonate fuel cell built in Santa Clara, California, in the 1990s; a 1.2-megawatt phosphoric acid fuel cell system built in Middletown, Connecticut, in 2001; a 2-megawatt molten carbonate fuel cell built in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 2003; and a 1.4-megawatt phosphoric acid fuel cell system built in Garden City, New York, in 2005. The majority of the fuel cells are fueled with natural gas, but the database also includes fuel cells powered by anaerobic digester gas, coalmine methane, diesel fuel, ethanol, hydrogen, landfill gas, liquefied petroleum gas, methanol, and propane.
Fuel Cells 2000 is a non-profit educational organization formed to promote the development and early commercialization of fuel cells and related technologies. The organization's new database also includes hydrogen fueling stations, fuel cell vehicles, and state policies relating to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. In addition, Fuel Cells 2000 maintains a worldwide database on stationary fuel cell installations. See the state and worldwide databases on the Fuel Cells 2000 Web site.