ClearEdge awarded $2.8M DOE grant for fuel cell deployment

Thirty-eight ClearEdge fuel cell systems will be installed in an effort by the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage fuel cell deployment.

Thirty-eight ClearEdge fuel cell systems will be installed in an effort by the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage fuel cell deployment.

ClearEdge Power announced Tuesday that it landed a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. ClearEdge will work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to deploy and track 38 of its fuel cell systems in 10 organizations.

Hillsboro-based ClearEdge was tapped by the DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Program, which aims to support the development and deployment of hydrogen fuel cells. The grant awarded to ClearEdge supports reduced-cost installations of fuel cells as test cases.

"The feedback they got from the industry was that we need a way to help defray the upfront cost of these systems for the end user," said Mike Upp, vice president of marketing for ClearEdge.

Venture-backed ClearEdge put together a proposal that included the 10 organizations — including a hotel, a community college, a multi-family housing unit and a grocery store, among others — that the company will work with to install the 38 subsidized fuel cell systems. Upp said the organizations were selected for their leadership in their industry and in sustainability.

The DOE selected ClearEdge's proposal and the 38 fuel cell systems will be installed by the end of September.

Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is operated by Battelle for the DOE, will monitor each installation and gather performance data for case studies.

"The result will be credible third-party validation that will be worth its weight in gold for us," Upp said.

The systems installed will be the ClearEdge5 fuel cell, which carry a list price of $56,000 each before incentives. The DOE is covering 45 percent of the cost of the systems under the fuel cell program.

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