Dedication of fuel cell power plant in California.SANTA CLARA, Calif. & DANBURY, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 3, 1996--Energy Research Corporation (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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The ceremony, which took place at the site of the 2 MW power plant, was attended by more than 200 representatives from the utility and financial sector, federal and local government, and the research and scientific community. Direct Fuel Cells are power generators that operate electrochemically, rather than by combustion methods.
Keynote speaker Robert S. Kripowicz, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy said, "This demonstration of the world's largest advanced fuel cell power plant represents a successful example of joint government/industry cooperation. The technology demonstrates an efficient and environmentally acceptable means of generating electricity from our vast fossil fuel resources while establishing U.S. leadership in this field." The Department of Energy has played a major role in the development of fuel cell technology.
"Because of fuel cells' promise as a clean, easily sitable power source, EPRI EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
EPRI European Parliaments Research Initiatives has supported development of this technology for more than two decades," said Dr. Richard E. Balzhiser, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the Electric Power Research Institute. "We are very pleased with this milestone in bringing fuel cell technology toward commercialization."
The Santa Clara Demonstration Project represents a unique collaborative effort between the public and private sector. The fuel cells were manufactured by the Fuel Cell Manufacturing Corporation, ERC's wholly-owned subsidiary under a contract from the Department of Energy. The remainder of the power plant and the actual testing is being supported by:
-- the City of Santa Clara, CA, the host and site for the
-- the Electric Power Research Institute,
-- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving 3.9 million residents in 2006. It was founded in 1902 to deliver water and electricity supplies to residents and businesses in Los Angeles. ,
-- National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
(represented by United Power Association, Elk River, MN),
-- Sacramento Municipal Utility District,
-- Southern California Edison Southern California Edison (or SCE Corp), the largest subsidiary of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), is the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California. It provides 11 million people with electricity. Co.,
-- the City of Vernon, CA.,
-- the SCDP Consortium, which includes Salt River Project
and the Northern California Power Agency.
In his comments during today's proceedings, Paul H. Eichenberger, Chairman of the SCDP and Assistant Director of the City of Santa Clara Electric Utility said, "This project, which is the largest fuel cell power plant ever operated in the United States, represents a major milestone toward commercial introduction of this technology. I look forward to the day when megawatt-sized fuel cell power plants are commercially available to my utility and the industry at large."
Donald R. Glenn, president of Fuel Cell Engineering Corporation (FCE FCE First Certificate in English
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Other speakers at today's ceremony included Santa Clara Mayor Judy Nadler; Marvin Singer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Advanced Research and Special Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy; Robert Claussen, Chairman of the Fuel Cell Commercialization Group; Ron Green, President, Power Generation of Fluor Daniel Inc.; and Dr. Bernard S. Baker Dr. Bernard S. Baker (June 26, 1936 - June 21, 2004)  was born in Philadelphia and a resident of Bethel, Connecticut in the United States He was a pioneer in the field of electrochemistry and his career spanned 45 years. , President and CEO of ERC (database) ERC - An extended entity-relationship model. .
Periodic project updates will be made available through Energy Research Corporation's home page on the World Wide Web (www.ercc.com) and through a toll free telefax The European term for a fax machine. service at 800-713-4370.
Energy Research Corporation, located in Danbury and Torrington, Connecticut, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of electrochemical electrochemical /elec·tro·chem·i·cal/ (-kem´i-k'l) pertaining to interaction or interconversion of chemical and electrical energies.
adj. technology for electric power generation. ERC is developing its Direct Fuel Cells and batteries in cooperation with government, electric utility and major international industrial organizations.
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