ClearEdge teams with PCC on fuel cells
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Two ClearEdge fuel cells have been installed at Portland Community College to cut down on emissions and provide a training tool to students.
ClearEdge Power and Portland Community College hosted a delegation of elected officials and executives Thursday morning to celebrate the installation of two ClearEdge5 fuel cells at the school's Sylvania Campus.
The fuel cells were installed with financial assistance from a U.S. Department of Energy grant to support fuel cell technology deployment awarded to ClearEdge in June.
PCC will use the fuel cells to both reduce its energy emissions by an estimated 37 percent and to train students in fuel cell technology.
"That's why PCC is so excited about the fuel cells," said Laura Ward, energy resource conservation manager at PCC. "We're already got several test technologies installed — wind turbines and solar panels. This is going to be a great addition to the program and a resource for hands-on training."
For Hillsboro-based ClearEdge, the PCC installation, the first under the DOE grant, gives it a foothold in the educational market — and a potential training ground for future employees.
"We look at PCC as definitely a great place to recruit people from," said Mike Upp, ClearEdge vice president of marketing. "Now that they have the technology on site, they'll have the background.
The DOE grant, which will support 38 fuel cell systems installed at 10 partner sites, covered nearly half the cost of PCC's installation. As part of the program, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will analyze the technical, economic and environmental performance of the two systems during the next several years.
“With projects like this, Oregon is establishing the infrastructure to transform our economy and establish opportunities for future generations,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., in a statement.
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