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August 5, 2003
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Under the Radar

Oil, terrorism and drugs intermingle in Colombia
Seventy U.S. Special Forces soldiers are training Colombians to protect an oil pipeline.

Japan's struggle to secure future oil supply
Energy dependent Japan looks to Iran for oil, causing tension with the U.S.

Chad-Cameroon pipeline project put to test
Will the pipeline, partially financed by the World Bank, improve the lot of Chad and Cameroon or exacerbate existing corruption and strife?

Natural resource curse hits São Tomé
A tiny West African country illustrates a well known problem.

On the technology front

Fuel Cell Locomotive for Military and Commercial Railways
An international consortium is developing the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle, a 109 metric-ton, 1 MW locomotive.

Fuel cell power plant installed at NJ Sheraton
A stationary fuel cell will supply 250 kilowatts of electric power as well as heat to the Sheraton Edison Hotel, accounting for about 25 percent of the hotel's electricity and hot water.

Fuel cell scooters for Europe and China
Palcan's fuel cell powered scooter is designed to address the world's need for a low-end mass transport vehicle.

U.S. Air Force to get fuel cell bus
Fuel cell powered thirty-foot hybrid bus to be stationed at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

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Back Issues

Fuel cell power plant installed at NJ Sheraton

FuelCell Energy, Inc. and its U.S. distribution partner, PPL EnergyPlus, a PPL Corporation subsidiary, announced the installation of a clean and efficient Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's largest hotel and leisure companies.

The DFC300A power plant will provide 250 kilowatts of electric power as well as heat to the Sheraton Edison Hotel - Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey. The fuel cell system provides about 25 percent of the hotel's electricity and hot water.

"We are thrilled that our first hotel application of fuel cell system technology has been completed and are pleased to be working in conjunction with PPL on this important initiative," said John Lembo, Director of Energy for Starwood, adding, "fuel cell technology will...reduce the hotels' overall energy costs."

PPL will install two other DFC300A power plants in New Jersey this year, one at the Sheraton Parsipanny Hotel and one at Ocean County College in Toms River. PPL has already installed three other DFC300A power plants at end user sites, including Air Station Cape Cod in Bourne, Mass. and two at Zoot Enterprises, a credit processing company in Bozeman, Mont. Currently, DFC-based fuel cell power plants are operating at 15 locations throughout the world and have generated over 12 million kilowatt hours at customer sites.

FuelCell Energy Inc. is developing Direct FuelCell® technology for stationary power plants with the U.S. Department of Energy through the National Energy Technology Laboratory, whose advanced fuel cell research program is focused on developing a new generation of high-performance fuel cells that can generate clean electricity at power stations or in distributed locations near the customer, including hospitals, schools, universities, and other commercial and industrial applications. Allentown, Pa., headquartered PPL controls about 11,500 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity to customers in Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom and Latin America.