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Data and Report from 20013: Fuel Cell Project Evaluation

Hydrogen fuel cells have been in operation at Bureau of Reclamation facilities for over 15 years. Starting in 2003, the Eastern Colorado Area Office and Technical Service Center collaborated to install hydrogen fuel cells to provide 48-Volts Direct Current backup power at seven microwave communication sites. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the fuel cells over the approximate 15-year period since their installation and report on their long-term viability, reliability, maintenance cost, and overall cost effectiveness. The study shows fuel cells continue to be cost-effective option for providing backup power at these communication sites and should be considered at other locations that require long-term lower-power backup power.
Generation Effort S&T Project 20013: Fuel Cell Project Evaluation
Location Western US
Themes Hydropower
Tags Fuel Cell, Batteries, Operations and Maintenance, Cost Benefit, Emergency Power, Backup Power, Microwave, Fiber Optic, Communications
Reclamation Project
Reclamation Program Science and Technology Program

Location Information

Location Name Western US
Location Description The 17 western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona..
Location Tags Reclamation Domain
Location Parent
State(s) Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Unified Region(s) Missouri Basin, Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas-Gulf, Upper Colorado Basin, Lower Colorado Basin, Columbia-Pacific Northwest, California-Great Basin
Timezone MT
Elevation [ N/A ]
Vertical Datum NAVD88
Coordinates (lat, long) See Location Details
Horizontal Datum WGS84