Nyserda Program

The three New York fuel cells were located at:

St. Vincent's Hospital - Staten Island

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - Rochester

Reifler Cement Company - Buffalo

The St. Vincent's Hospital and RTT sites were monitored for 18 months and Reifler Cement was monitored for ten months. A description of each installation and a summary of operating statistics is provided below.

The fuel cell at St. Vincent's Hospital in Staten Island, NY is configured to operate solely in the grid connected electrical mode. The fuel cell electrical output was fed into the hospital electrical distribution system. There was no sell back of electricity to the electric utility. The fuel cell thermal output was used to heat domestic hot water (DHW) for the hospital and was interfaced with a 1,000 gallon hot water storage tank.

The fuel cell at RTT in Rochester, NY is configured to operate in the grid connected mode only. The fuel cell electrical output was fed into the university's electric grid. There was no sell back of electricity to the electric utility. The fuel cell thermal output was used in an air conditioning reheat system to control humidity in the micro-electronics building which does manufacturing and research on electronic equipment.

The fuel cell at the Reifler Cement Company in Buffalo, NY was configured to operate in both the grid connected and grid independent electrical modes. For the first 8 months, the fuel cell operated in the grid independent mode at an electrical output of 50 kW or less. The fuel cell operated for 10 months in the grid connected mode. During this period, over 60% of the fuel cell electrical output was sold back to the electric utility. The fuel cell thermal output was used to heat process water in the concrete block fabrication and ready-mix processes during the winter months. This allowed the cement plant to extend their operations through the winter at a significant financial benefit.

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Operating Statistics for NYSERDA Fuel Cell Program

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