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FuelCell Energy Inc. Providing Power Plant to Generate Electricity from Dairy-Processing Waste.

ENERGY RESOURCE-25 October 2006-FuelCell Energy Inc. Providing Power Plant to Generate Electricity from Dairy-Processing Waste(C)2006 JeraOne -

FuelCell Energy Inc. today said it will supply an ultra-clean power plant to generate electricity from dairy-processing waste for a municipal wastewater treatment plant serving California's San Joaquin Valley region.

The winning proposal for FuelCell Energy's Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant, submitted by distribution partner Alliance Power Inc., was selected by the city of Tulare over reciprocating engine and micro-turbines in a competitive award process.

The 750-kilowatt (kW) power plant, consisting of three DFC units, will be installed in spring 2007 to provide around-the-clock electricity for the wastewater treatment plant. In addition, surplus heat generated from its operation will be used in generating the gas to be used as fuel, thereby substantially boosting the facility's overall energy efficiency, the company said.

"Not only do DFC power plants provide 24/7 electricity for wastewater treatment, they enable citizens of Tulare to breathe easier by turning a waste product into a source of environmentally friendly energy," said William Karambelas, vice president Business Development Western Region for FuelCell Energy. "We count California among our strongest markets, with one of our key applications being wastewater treatment."

Karambelas added that wastewater treatment facilities are an "ideal application for DFC power plants," based on their ability to operate on anaerobic digester gas, which is classified as a renewable fuel and eligible for government incentive funding at installations around the world.

The Tulare project will be eligible to receive $3,375,000 in incentives from California's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) currently administered by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in the San Joaquin Valley. As an added benefit, FuelCell Energy's ultra-clean DFC power plant does not require Tulare to purchase $600,000 of Emission Reduction Credits, which would be required if the city had employed traditional on-site power equipment such as reciprocating engines.

In addition to the Tulare project, FuelCell Energy currently has applications totaling $34,775,000 in incentives representing 8.95 megawatts (MW) of fuel cell projects approved for participation in the 2006 SGIP.

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