FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES SOFC ACHIEVES TARGETED OUTPUT.

 
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Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd. (FCT), Kingston, Ontario, has announced that its second generation 5kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system has accumulated over 1500 hours of operation. In the latest test, which is ongoing, the unit has generated more than 5kW of energy per hour for over 300 hours.

The unit will undergo further routine tests at the FCT facility, however the cell stack's output of 500 Amps of DC power at approximately 10 Volts, a level of performance with which FCT is very pleased. It is anticipated that first deliveries of these systems will take place in the first half of 2005. FCT is now making minor design refinements primarily targeted toward improving efficiency. In the interim, two first generation systems that incorporate improvements gleaned from on-site experience will be shipped to customers during this quarter.

"FCT's latest generator design is working well and this newest unit is a testament to the teamwork between Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (SWPC) and FCT engineers," said John Stannard, president and CEO of FCT. "We have worked with SWPC to design and build a product that, among other improvements, uses 48 SOFC tubes and will operate at lower natural gas pressures. These two changes alone represent potential cost saving of...

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