August 2-9, 2004

FCT to provide SOFCs for U of T residence complex

In July 2005, Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) will deliver four five-kilowatt (kW) solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) to the Hydrogen Village at the University of Toronto's Mississauga (UTM) campus. This will represent the first-ever installation of fuel cells in a Canadian university residence, and represents a major step toward commercialization of FCT's SOFC technology. The SOFCs will provide electricity and heat for domestic hot water and area heating for townhouse style student residences at the UTM through a "mini-grid" network. The total value of the project, including industry contributions, is $1.87 million.

The Hydrogen Village has been created in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to showcase hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at key focal points such as the UTM campus. A "mini-grid" is a group of residences, commercial or industrial buildings that are interconnected and serviced by multiple distributed generation (DG) units. These facilities may also be connected to the local utility grid providing electricity to the surrounding area. The project partners believe this mini-grid network will be one of the first established anywhere in the world.

The FCT units, which can use several fuels such as natural gas, propane, biogas and methanol, will initially operate on natural gas. The conversion of one or more of the units to hydrogen operation for the last six months of the program will follow. This will demonstrate the ability of FCT's SOFCs to use hydrogen as their fuel source.

FCT's partners in the project include Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) h2 Early Adopters (h2EA) program, and the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM).

More information is available from Vikram Varma, director of corporate development for FCT, 613/541-6109, FAX 613/544-2649, E-mail, Web site

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