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UAF Researchers Study Five-Kilowatt SOFC.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks' (UAF) Arctic Energy Technology Development Center (AETDL) recently announced a project exploring the potential use of natural gas-powered solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) to provide "reliable, affordable energy for remote areas of Alaska."

According to AETDL, researchers will study the performance of a five-kilowatt SOFC unit located at a Fairbanks Natural Gas facility in Fairbanks, AK. AETDL said the SOFC was manufactured by Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd. in collaboration with Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation.

"[SOFCs] operating on natural gas have about 50-percent efficiency," said AETDL director Dennis Witmer. "With high efficiencies and much-reduced pollution emissions these [SOFC] power products should be attractive to rural communities currently using diesel generators operating at about 30-percent efficiency at best."

UAF researchers said they also plan to test SOFCs operating on methanol, propane or diesel fuel to "[make] this technology even more attractive to businesses and communities in remote areas."

Contact: Dennis Witmer, UAF, phone 907-474-7082, website

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Date:Aug 27, 2003
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