First USA EV Charging System Using a PEM Fuel Cell


First USA EV Charging System Using a PEM Fuel Cell

Joint Press Release- KCP&L and FEE

First Element Energy, a leader in the design and manufacturer of both hydrogen and methanol fuel cell systems, is pleased to announce the commissioning of a 12 kW hydrogen fuel cell at Kansas City Power & Light’s (KCP&L) Hawthorn generation station. KCP&L will utilize the system as a backup power source for one electric vehicle (EV) and electric service cart charging at their facility. This system can safely charge all types of EV’s from electric carts to a Tesla Model S and meets all current electric car manufacturers’ requirements. The 240 VAC power system features a fully integrated UPS (uninterruptible power supply) and solid state automatic transfer switch compliant with Tier II EV charging standards. This same system can be used in any commercial AC backup-power application.

The project will evaluate the efficiency, benefits and commercial cost effectiveness of using fuel cells as a grid-connected or distributed-generation solution for automotive EV charging. This renewable energy product continues KCP&L’s focus and commitment to air quality improvement and the reduction of Green House Gasses (GHG) through the addition of fuel cells to the existing solar, wind and biomass systems already in place. KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network deployment demonstrates the company’s leadership in environmental sustainability. The Clean Charge Network is the largest electric vehicle charging station installation by an investor owned electric utility in the United States with more than 1,000 charging stations throughout the Greater Kansas City region.

About First Element Energy:
First Element Energy fuel cells have been in commercial service since 2010 and are operating in: North America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, China, India and throughout Asia Pacific. The product line is meeting the needs of DC telecommunications and AC power applications from light back up to prime power applications. For additional information please use the contact page at the First Element Energy website.

About KCP&L:
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at:

  • 18 Oct, 2016
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