Under a one-year contract with the California Energy Commission, the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine will work with California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative members and staff to identify and prioritize scientific and technological challenges that impact the commercialization of stationary fuel cells in the state of California. The research findings, scheduled for dissemination in Fall 2008, will identify hurdles which, if addressed, will facilitate the deployment of cost-effective, clean, environmentally benign, and high efficiency fossil and alternative fuel-based distributed generation in California.
Fuel Cell Power Plant
California State University Northridge
In February 2007, elected officials and clean energy enthusiasts convened at Cal State Northridge to dedicate a 1 megawatt fuel cell power plant ― the single largest fuel cell power plant at any university in the world. The installation resulted from a collaboration among various entities, including CaSFCC members FuelCell Energy, Inc. and Southern California Gas Company. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power also was involved. For more information, contact Tom Brown, director of physical plant management at Cal State Northridge, at (818) 677-2325 or email@example.com.
On Dec. 5, 2006, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver presided over the lighting of the nation's first official State holiday tree display powered by a fuel cell. The 6,500 light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs on the tree were powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system manufactured by Altergy Systems, based in Folsom, Calif. In 2005, the holiday display at the California Environmental Protection Agency successfully used the same fuel cell system to light redwood trees in the building's courtyard. Both events involved members of the Collaborative, including Altergy, the California Department of General Services, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the California Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, contact Mickey Oros at Altergy at (916) 458-9412 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fuel Cell and Microturbine Cogeneration Project
In October 2006, TST, Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the installation of a fuel cell and microturbine cogeneration system. TST Inc., which produces aluminum ingot, billet and other bulk aluminum forms from recycled aluminum scrap, worked closely with the California Metals Coalition on this project, which was completed in an effort to control power costs and improve overall plant energy efficiency. The installation received a California State Senate Certificate of Recognition. It was a collaboration among several entities, including CaSFCC members FuelCell Energy, Inc., Southern California Gas Company, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Engineer Research and Development Laboratory-Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL). For more information, contact James Simonelli at the California Metals Coalition at (916) 933-3075 or email@example.com.