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Incentives offered for fuel cell buyers

Issue 5 and Volume 101.

Incentives offered for fuel cell buyers

The federal government is accepting applications to pay up to one-third of the cost of commercial fuel cell power plants. Under the program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and administered by the Defense Department, $15 million has been allocated to pay up to one-third the cost of commercial fuel cells. Once used primarily as a power source in space missions, fuel cells now are in use throughout the world as supplementary power sources for hospitals, hotels, universities, military installations and manufacturers.

The federal Climate Change Fuel Cell Program will provide $1,000 per kW for the purchase of fuel cells that produce 100 to 400 kW of power. Details about the application process are available from Christine Bernosky, Contract Specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense, (201) 724-2754.