In March 2002 ZTEK announced that it was selected by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to team with Beacon Energy, LLC (formerly The Renewable Resources Group, LLC) of Newington, CT to receive funding for a demonstration of ZTEK’s 25kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system with an absorption chiller at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, CT. The system has been delivered to the park and is expected to be fully operational by mid-2005. ZTEK previously demonstrated a simple 25kW unit at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Huntsville, AL site from 1998 to 2000.
ZTEK joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) in November 2002. CaFCP is a consortium of automobile companies, energy providers, fuel cell manufacturers and government agencies committed to the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. As an associate partner, ZTEK is collaborating with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) of San Francisco, CA to construct and operate a 600 scfh hydrogen refueling station at PG&E's Service Center in San Carlos, CA. A system was delivered to PG&E in August 2004 for operational training, and an additional system will be installed and operational in San Carlos in early 2005.
ZTEK has received commitments from Maw-Chong Corporation, ZTEK's distributor in Japan and Taiwan, for two units of hydrogen reformers for operational training and two commercial size hydrogen reformers for delivery in 2005.
ZTEK continues its efforts on its 200 kW SOFC/Gas Turbine system, SOFC and absorption chiller/heater cogeneration system and its 4000 scfh High Performance Steam Reformer (HPSR).
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