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Fuel Cell to Provide Residential Power At Parade of Homes.



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CASTLE ROCK, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 2002

For the first time in Colorado, a fuel cell providing power to a residence and to the electrical grid system is available for public viewing. The fuel cell will be operating at the Parade of Homes The Parade of Homes is a showcase of new homes held annually in several regions throughout the United States. Alternatively known as the Tour of Homes in some locales, it is often presented by the local Home Builders Association (HBA) or Building Industry Association (BIA).  from August 31 through October 6, 2002.

Miller Burton Homes, Inc., Built Green Colorado(TM), the City and County of Denver, Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC OEMC Office of Energy Management and Conservation (Colorado Governor's Office)
OEMC Original Equipment Manufacturer CAGE
), Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA IREA Intermountain Rural Electric Association
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), Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
 in full National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

U.S. market for over-the-counter securities. Established in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), NASDAQ is an automated quotation system that reports on
: PLUG), and Xcel Energy, Inc. (NYSE NYSE

See: New York Stock Exchange
: XEL XEL New Carlisle, Quebec, Canada - New Carlisle / via Rail Service (Airport Code) ) collaborated in the installation of this fuel cell. The goal of this project is to demonstrate to the public emerging energy technologies currently available to the public, particularly those that can provide power directly to a home or homes and businesses and can be hooked to the grid to be used by a utility for general distribution. Currently, several customers of Xcel Energy produce energy through photovoltaics and "sell" excess power back to the grid, but, in the future, fuel cells might be used in place of a central power plant.

A fuel cell is a device that strips hydrogen from fuels, such as natural gas, methanol, propane and gasoline, producing useable electricity and waste heat that can be captured for space and water heating Water heating is a thermodynamic process using an energy source to heat water above its initial temperature. Typical domestic uses of hot water are for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and space heating. In industry both hot water and water heated to steam have many uses. . When fueled by pure hydrogen, the exhaust of fuel cells contains only heat and water and produces only about as much noise as a residential air conditioning air conditioning, mechanical process for controlling the humidity, temperature, cleanliness, and circulation of air in buildings and rooms. Indoor air is conditioned and regulated to maintain the temperature-humidity ratio that is most comfortable and healthful.  compressor.

Manufactured by Plug Power Inc., the fuel cell will provide up to 5kW of electricity to Miller Burton Homes' Roaring Fork Roaring Fork could either refer to:
  • Roaring Fork River — a river in west central Colorado
  • Roaring Fork (Great Smoky Mountains) — a stream and National Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park of East Tennessee
 Parade Home. The home features energy- and resource-efficient features from the Built Green Checklist such as low-e windows to control solar heat gain or winter heat loss, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment on a zoned system, and household appliances with low demand for electricity and water.

"The Parade of Homes is an excellent venue to demonstrate the value of micro power at the residential level. Thousands of visitors will see the benefits of micro power and clean energy choices and experience technologies that may impact their futures," said Ed Lewis, OEMC Deputy Director.

"We're aggressively pursuing the development of alternative energy resources, such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, wind turbines, and natural gas powered micro turbines, because our customers' needs continue to evolve, and we want to grow with those needs," said Cynthia Evans, Vice President of Xcel Energy in Colorado and Wyoming.

After the Parade of Homes, the fuel cell will be stationed at the City and County of Denver's fire station at Washington Park This article is about baseball parks in New York. For other uses, see Washington Park (disambiguation).

Washington Park was the name given to two different major league baseball parks in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, located at 3rd St.
, where it will provide a significant part of the facility's power and some domestic hot water.

For ticket information, call the Parade of Homes at 303.744.1444 or visit their Web site at www.2002paradeofhomes.com.

Partner Information:
-- Miller Burton Homes, Inc.: Roberta Johnson at 303.759.5708 or roberta@millerburtonhomes.com

-- Built Green Colorado(TM): Kim Calomino at 303.778.1400 or kcalomino@hbadenver.com

-- City and County of Denver: Darryl Winer, 720.913.4853 or darryl.winer@ci.denver.co.us

-- Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation: Ed Lewis at 303-894-2383 or ed.lewis@state.co.us

-- Intermountain Rural Electric Association: Dick Prahl at 303.688.3100 or prahl@intermountain-rea.com

-- Plug Power Inc.: Cynthia Mahoney at 518.782.7700 or cynthia_mahoney@plugpower.com

-- Xcel Energy, Inc.: Steve Roalstad at 303.294.2000 or steve.roalstad@xcelenergy.com
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