Donald R Glenn

Fuel Cell Engineering Corporation Washington, DC & Danbury, CT USA

Jeffrey Serfass

Fuel Cell Commercialization Group Washington, DC USA

ERC's carbonate-based Direct Fuel Cell (DFC) program continues to be a model for the transition from R&D to commercial viability. While the ultimate conclusion, that of commercial product introduction and sales, remains just ahead, the public/private sector cooperative programs in place are effectively advancing the program to its planned completion. The five-year market development program with the Fuel Cell Commercialization Group (FCCG), a utility-led buyers group, remains strong despite the uncertainty of impacts associated with the changing electric utility industry. Starting in 1996, these buyers may Initiate advanced orders for the first commercial units as called for in our program's commercialization plan and schedule. See figure at right ยป-

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