Texas Demonstrates 'Energy of the Future'

First public demonstration of 3,000-watt hydrogen fuel cell used today to power sophisticated air quality monitoring equipment used by Texas' environmental agency.

Published: 05-Apr-2001

AUSTIN, Texas, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In the first public demonstration of pollution-free technology in Texas, a 3,000-watt hydrogen fuel cell was used today to power sophisticated air quality monitoring equipment used by Texas' environmental agency.

Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman J.E. "Buster" Brown and Commissioner Ralph Marquez of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) demonstrated the technology, which uses hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity and emits water as its only byproduct, today in downtown Austin

Texas Railroad Commissioner Charles Matthews, State Sen. David Cain, State Rep. Debra Danburg, and EPA Region 6 Administrator Gregg Cooke were among the officials who witnessed the demonstration.

Fuel cells are highly efficient, reduce transmission losses, and can operate with a variety of fuel sources including natural gas, methane gas, and propane.

Today's demonstration marks the culmination of efforts by the TNRCC, Texaco Energy Systems Inc., (NYSE: TX) DCH Technology, Inc. (Amex: DCH) through its Enable(TM) Fuel Cell Corporation subsidiary, Air Products Corporation (NYSE: APD), the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), IPS MeteoStar, the Texas Railroad Commission, and the Texas State Energy Conservation Office.

Texaco Energy Systems is funding phase one of the program to further study fuel cell applications, which focuses on clean air demonstrations in Austin. Enable(TM) worked closely with the TNRCC to design and produce the fuel cell. Air Products is providing the hydrogen fuel. HARC is serving as program manager.

The next phase of the demonstration project will involve the use of "reformer" technology to convert any hydrocarbon fuel into electricity to power the air quality monitoring equipment.

If you're interested in becoming involved with the fuel cell partnership, please contact Ken Zarker at 512-239-3145.

All TNRCC News Releases are available at http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us .

SOURCE DCH Technology, Inc.; Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission

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