Post office completes nation's largest fuel cell project in Anchorage

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service and Chugach Electric officially ushered in a new fuel cell system Wednesday at the mail processing center at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

The $5.5 million project is the largest commercial fuel cell installation in the nation, according to the Postal Service. The Postal Service, Chugach, the federal Department of Defense and the National Rural Electric Cooperative are splitting most of the cost to install the five fuel cells in the sytem.

The new sytem, which has been tested over the last two months, will serve as the primary on-site power generator while Chugach will supply back-up power when needed, said postal service spokeswoman Cathe Grosshandler. Chugach will maintain the cells and sell any excess electricity to other users.

The cells have no emissions. In addition to electricity, fuel cells also produce hot water, which will be used to heat the mail processing building.

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