June 4, 2002 — H Power Corp., a fuel cell development company, recently announced that it has installed a 4.5-kilowatt cogeneration fuel cell system in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
The installation was made through Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative of Ashton, Idaho, a member-owner of Energy Co-Opportunity, Inc. (ECO), H Power’s marketing partner. This demonstration project is part of the park’s “Greening of Yellowstone” initiative, designed to reduce pollution and the impact of energy use to safeguard one of the nation’s oldest and most revered national parks.
The H Power system has been installed at Yellowstone’s busiest entrance, the West Entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana, through which approximately one million visitors pass each year. The 4.5-kilowatt proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell system is fueled by propane, and provides electricity to ticket kiosks and an office, where it powers lights, communication equipment and computers. The system’s byproduct heat will be used for space heating.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), an organization that promotes propane safety, funds propane research and development, and expands public awareness of propane and its environmental advantages, provided funding for this project.
“Yellowstone is excited to be a partner in this project,” Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis noted. “We are committed to using energy in a manner that will have the least possible impact on this irreplaceable resource. Using a source of energy that is clean, quiet, and renewable is consistent with our mission to preserve and protect Yellowstone for future generations.”
“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Yellowstone and ECO to test and operate an H Power fuel cell,” says Dee Reynolds, General Manager of Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative. “We’ll be gaining hands-on experience that will be of great value to us when we are ready to offer the fuel cell to more of our consumers. I believe that if we can make the fuel cell work at the high altitude and in the cold weather of Yellowstone, we should be able to make it work anywhere.”
“The National Park Service is taking a position of leadership in introducing cleaner technologies for power generation to improve air quality,” said H Frank Gibbard, Chief Executive Officer of H Power Corp. “We are very pleased to be working with Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative, the Propane Education & Research Council, and the National Park Service on this project. Our quiet, clean cogeneration fuel cell systems can operate independent of a power grid, and this makes them an ideal solution to the power needs in our national parks. We look forward to working with our partners on this project to determine the potential for an expanded role of H Power’s fuel cells, including our direct-hydrogen systems, in national parks.”
About H Power Corp.
H Power Corp. is a fuel cell development and manufacturing company, focused on near-term commercialization of fuel cell systems. H Power has designed proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems to provide electricity for a wide range of applications including residential cogeneration products for homes, and power units for portable applications. For additional information, please visit our website at www.hpower.com.
Energy Co-Opportunity (ECO) is an energy services cooperative established in 1998 to be the preferred provider of distributed energy solutions to the U.S. electric cooperative industry. ECO provides electric cooperatives with access to distributed generation technologies, including fuel cells, gas turbines and photovoltaics; access to alternative fuels such as propane and natural gas, and consulting, education and training in all aspects of energy diversification.
ECO is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with more than 300 electric rural cooperatives as its members serving more than 18 million customers in approximately 83 % of the counties in the U.S. For more information, go to www.e-coop.org.