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Title: DoD Climate Change Fuel Cell Program

Abstract

A grant was awarded to PPL EnergyPlus, LLC for two (2) 250kW Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells at Pepperidge Farm, Inc. on 9/30/03. Pepperidge Farm subsequently signed a contract for one 250kW fuel cell. A request was made and granted to apply the award for the second fuel cell to the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (see attached email). This report discusses the first year of operation of a fuel cell power plant located at Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Bloomfield, Connecticut and a fuel cell power plant located at Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York, New York. PPL EnergyPlus, LLC installed the plants under a contract with Pepperidge Farm and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Two DFC 300 fuel cells, manufactured by FuelCell Energy, Inc. of Danbury, CT were selected for the project. The fuel cell located at Pepperidge Farm successfully operated from January 16, 2006 to January 15, 2007. The fuel cell located at Sheraton New York Hotel & Tower successfully operated from May 19, 2005 to May 18, 2006.This report discusses the performance of these plants during these periods.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Ppl Energyplus, Llc
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
920083
DOE Contract Number:
FG26-03NT42022
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; AWARDS; CLIMATES; CONNECTICUT; FARMS; FUEL CELL POWER PLANTS; FUEL CELLS; HOTELS; MOLTEN CARBONATE FUEL CELLS; NEW YORK; PERFORMANCE

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Steven A. Gabrielle. DoD Climate Change Fuel Cell Program. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.2172/920083.
Steven A. Gabrielle. DoD Climate Change Fuel Cell Program. United States. doi:10.2172/920083.
Steven A. Gabrielle. Mon . "DoD Climate Change Fuel Cell Program". United States. doi:10.2172/920083. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/920083.
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