CSRE Research Areas:
The Center for Sustainable & Renewable Energy
Sustainability at ESF
College to install fuel cell
SUNY ESF purchases device it hopes to run on gas derived from willow trees
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
By Tim Knauss
Staff writer, Syracuse Post-Standard
The first step toward trying to develop a fuel cell powered by wood has been taken by the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
The college said Tuesday it will pay $1.35 million to install a 250-kilowatt fuel cell on campus. The energy-efficient fuel cell should be in place and operating by the end of the year, said Cornelius Murphy, president.
Initially, the fuel cell will run on natural gas, using a chemical reaction to strip out the hydrogen, combine it with oxygen and produce electricity. The fuel cell will make about 8 percent of the electricity used on campus.