FuelCell Energy has sold a 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell power plant to generate onsite electricity and provide residual heat for domestic hot water and heating at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

The transaction includes site engineering and installation of the DFC300A power plant and related equipment. FuelCell Energy will also provide maintenance under a long-term service agreement with State University. The fuel cell to be installed at the department of Environmental Science and Forestry is expected to provide about 5% of the campus’s power.

The project will receive $1 million in funding from the New York State Energy R&D Authority (NYSERDA). The program also received financial support from the US Department of Defense Climate Change Fuel Cell Program and the Electric Power Research Institute.

This is the fourth DFC power plant supplied to a university in the US. Other DFC university sites include Yale University in Connecticut, Ocean County College in New Jersey, and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The combined heat and power potential for colleges and universities in four northeastern states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York) exceeds 500 megawatts.