Portland Community College Partners with ClearEdge Power to Support Environmental Sustainability Practices

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ClearEdge5 Continuous Power Systems to Increase Energy Efficiency and Expand Alternative Energy Education Program

Portland Community College Installation

“Portland Community College and ClearEdge Power are leading the way in their respective fields and Oregonians can be proud of how they are championing the clean economy," said U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley.

ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of scalable, continuous onsite power systems, today announced that Portland Community College (PCC) has chosen two ClearEdge5 fuel cell systems to advance its energy efficiency, sustainability and educational goals. PCC aims to use the ClearEdge5 systems to help reduce its emissions by 37 percent. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the implementation will also help establish fuel cells as part of PCC’s comprehensive alternative energy curriculum.

“This project is very exciting; it allows us to gain significant environmental benefits and create a living laboratory for students,” said PCC President, Dr. Preston Pulliams. “With the ClearEdge Power systems, we will be able to support our sustainability goals and give our students the opportunity to see fuel cell technologies in action. We also are proud to be part of a broader DOE supported project that will help demonstrate the incredible value of continuous power systems like the ClearEdge5 for colleges nationwide.”

Portland Community College is part of a diverse group of West Coast organizations that are participating in the innovative project supported by the DOE. The project is designed to accelerate the application of fuel cell technologies in a variety of industries by demonstrating the significant environmental and cost savings that can be delivered by combined heat and power fuel cell technologies. To verify the performance of the two ClearEdge5 systems at PCC, researchers at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, or PNNL, will analyze the technical, economic and environmental performance of the two systems during the next several years. PNNL will provide its analysis in a report to DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program.

“With projects like this, Oregon is establishing the infrastructure to transform our economy and establish opportunities for future generations,” said Senator Jeff Merkley. “Portland Community College and ClearEdge Power are leading the way in their respective fields and Oregonians can be proud of how they are championing the clean economy. This not only creates high quality jobs, but ensures Oregon’s position as a leader in clean technology.”

With multiple programs and interdisciplinary studies that emphasize energy technology, energy conservation, green building design and environmental research, PCC has a strong commitment to sustainability education. The partnership with ClearEdge Power enhances academics by establishing fuel cells as part of the college’s comprehensive alternative energy curriculum. The installation will be an integral part of a new educational program and will be leveraged to create awareness within the greater Portland community about the role that fuel cells can play in addressing current and future energy demands.

“Portland Community College is setting an example for colleges across the nation,” said Congressman Kurt Schrader. “It has an incredibly impressive alternative energy curriculum and the way it leverages alternative energy sources is also highly commendable. There is significant potential for continuous power solutions such as fuel cell technologies in other educational, municipal and commercial institutions and I am very pleased to see an Oregon-based company meeting this demand.”

ClearEdge Power will be joined by public officials, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Congressman Kurt Schrader, and Rick Farmer, program manager with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), to present details on the ClearEdge5 installation at Portland Community College. The presentation takes place on Thursday, September 29, 2011 and will highlight how the installation and educational program will support clean tech jobs to Oregon and how ClearEdge Power technology will enable Portland Community College to reduce costs, minimize its environmental footprint and support the local community.

The ClearEdge5 is a 5-kilowatt fuel cell from ClearEdge Power that combines heat and power in a scalable solution that can meet individual business’ specific energy needs. Unlike power sources that use traditional combustion technology, the ClearEdge5 uses an electrochemical process to convert natural gas to electricity and heat. This process dramatically reduces the environmental impact of producing electricity by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 35 to 40 percent compared to traditional combustion technology. Roughly the size of a standard refrigerator and incorporating a system for real-time remote monitoring, the innovative fuel cell system also reduces other typical pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds, ash and particulates, to negligible levels.

About ClearEdge Power
ClearEdge Power provides distributed energy generation solutions to commercial, institutional and residential customers. The company designs, manufactures and sells a family of continuous onsite power systems that uses fuel cell technology to efficiently deliver predictable, clean and cost-effective power and heat. This enables customers to increase independence from the electricity grid, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, please visit http://www.clearedgepower.com.    

Press Contacts:    
Taraneh Foster, ClearEdge Power, (503) 214-1673
Simon Jones, Blanc & Otus, (415) 856-5155


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