4 April 2002 – Swiss industrial engineering company Sulzer said today it had secured contracts for 370 out of the 400 budgeted pre-series sales and installations of Sulzer Hexis fuel cell systems. Recent sales have been to the three German utilities E.ON Energie AG, Thyssengas GmbH and VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG.

At the end of March 2002 Sulzer Hexis closed distribution contracts with three more utilities in Germany for 114 systems, of which 56 were ordered by E.ON Energie AG, Munich; 42 by Thyssengas GmbH, Duisburg; and 16 by VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig.

This brings the number of orders received for pre-series “HXS 1000 Premiere” fuel cell systems to 370 so far. “The target of installing 400 Sulzer Hexis fuel cell systems over 2001-03 via utilities and local enterprises in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is thus already within grasp,” said Sulzer.

Since the distribution partner utilities are contractually both owners and operators of these Sulzer Hexis fuel cell systems during the pre-series phase from 2001 to 2003, the end users carry no investment or operating risks. System installation, operation and maintenance is subcontracted to local installers.

In 2001 Sulzer Hexis already closed distribution contracts for 255 fuel cell systems in total with the German utilities EnBW Energie Baden-Wurttemberg AG, Oldenburger EWE AG, and EWR Elektrizitatswerk Rheinhessen AG Worms. Furthermore, a co-operation project (for 1 system) exists with an Austrian consortium comprising Energie AG Oberosterreich and Oberosterreichischen Ferngas AG. This makes up the current total of 370 pre-series systems sold.

Sulzer Hexis is engaged with the development and the sale of fuel cells for the decentralized generation of energy with high efficiency. The high coefficient of its installations and the usage of natural gas as a clean energy source do not only safe the money of the end users, but also participate actively in the protection of the climate and the environment.

In field tests 65 000 operating hours have been reached since 1998. From 2001 till 2003 several hundreds of Sulzer Hexis systems are intended to be sold to energy supply firms in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The distribution partners are the owners and operators of the systems. That means that the end users do not bear any investment or functional risk. The systems will be installed and maintained in connection with local firms. The commercialization is planned for 2002/03. The USA will be likely supplied by the year 2005.