Briefly Noted

Issue 8 and Volume 106.

Georgia’s first residential fuel cell has been installed by Flint Energies to provide heat and electricity to its Service Center facility in Warner Robins, Ga. The 5 kW fuel cell, manufactured by Plug Power and purchased from GE Fuel Cell Systems LLC, was installed and commissioned in less than four days. Flint Energies, the only GE Fuel Cell Systems distributor in Georgia, has built a network of 13 other Georgia electric cooperatives to market and distribute fuel cells in 100 central and South Georgia counties.

Darnell Group, a leading source of strategic information and analysis on all power conversion, energy storage and generation markets and technologies, reports that the number of U.S. electric utilities offering distributed generation and combined heat and power services and products has more than doubled in the past 18 months and now stands at almost 40 percent. Darnell Group is currently offering an analysis of the DG and CHP markets.

Encorp teamed with Siemens Building Technology to retrofit six critical emergency backup generators at four police stations and two senior citizen cooling centers in Chicago. Commonwealth Edison spearheaded the effort for negotiable interruptible power, which provides the utility and the City of Chicago savings during times of peak power demand. The generators retrofitted with Encorp equipment can run independent of the ComEd power grid, ensuring police telephones and computers have power during a power outage. The installation allows the department’s backup emergency generators, each producing nearly 1 MW, to be remotely dispatched, monitored and controlled.

Northern Power Systems has been commissioned to complete the design and installation of a 24.4 kW photovoltaic system at The Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Electricity will be inverted from DC to AC and used in the building with excess power sent to the local utility.

CBI Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, has been awarded a contract to design and build a Strata-Therm chilled water tank as part of the expansion of the energy system operated by District Cooling St. Paul Inc. that heats and cools much of downtown St. Paul, Minn. from a central energy plant.

Wärtsilä North America has received an order from Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) for the improved PeakingPlus pre-engineered and pre-packaged gas-fired power plant. ARPA will install the 7 MW plant at Raton, New Mexico for intermediate peaking and backup use for a 7.5 MW coal-fired boiler. The PeakingPlus plant will use the 20V34SG engine, similar to Wärtsilä’s 18V34SG with the addition of two cylinders.

GE Energy Rentals and Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation are teaming up to provide North American customers with a single source for renting equipment currently available from either company. GE Energy Rentals’ power and climate control equipment is available at several Hertz facilities across the U.S. Customers also will be able to place orders at any Hertz location in the U.S. to rent GE equipment, including generators, heating and cooling systems, and light towers.

Ford Power Products (FPP) has received emissions certificates for all fuels in its two most popular industrial engines. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified that FPP’s 2.5 liter and 4.2 liter engines meet emissions standards for all fuels (gasoline, LPG and NG), operating under 4,000 rpm. The certifications also apply to engines equipped with the new Ford Engine Performance Module (EPM). “We are the only manufacturer to be certified on all fuels for the broad industrial market to date,” said John Andreas, director, programs and engineering, for Ford Power Products. The new certifications apply to 2002 model year production. These engines, as well as the new Ford EPM, are now available from Ford Power Products distributors. Primary markets for emissionized engine packages include airline ground support equipment, sweepers and mobile gen-sets.