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FuelCell Energy Announces Contract to Convert Landfill Gas to Ultra-Clean Electricity, Heat and Renewable Hydrogen



FuelCell Energy Announces Contract to Convert Landfill Gas to Ultra-Clean
Electricity, Heat and Renewable Hydrogen

Tri-Generation Fuel Cell Installation at a Landfill in Vancouver, Canada

DANBURY, Conn., Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc.
(Nasdaq:FCEL) a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and
service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today
announced a contract to demonstrate a tri-generation stationary fuel cell
power plant near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, utilizing landfill gas
as the fuel source. The landfill gas clean-up will be performed by Quadrogen
Power Systems, Inc., the prime contractor, and the cleaned landfill gas will
be used by the fuel cell power plant to generate multiple revenue streams,
including ultra-clean electricity, usable high quality heat and renewable
hydrogen. The heat in the form of hot water will be supplied to Village Farms,
a leading hydroponic greenhouse operator in North America. Renewable hydrogen
will also be exported for vehicle fueling or industrial applications.

"Part of our corporate strategy is to be highly sustainable and responsible
steward of natural resources," said Jonathan Bos, Development Director,
Village Farms International, Inc. "We are excited to be participants in the
fuel cell landfill gas project to ascertain its benefits both to our business
by converting harmful waste gas into food grade carbon dioxide, as well as
other business opportunities coming out of other value streams from the
landfill waste gas."

"This technology will help greenhouse operators improve their competitiveness
by making their operations more environmentally and economically sustainable
through the use of biogas," said Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "We
are proud to be a partner in these types of innovative energy solutions that
increase the profitability of the agriculture sector."

"Partnering with FuelCell Energy combines our gas clean-up expertise with the
tri-generation power output of the stationary fuel cells as we convert a
harmful byproduct of landfills into multiple revenue streams," said Alakh
Prasad, President & CEO, Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc. "Cleaning landfill gas
before it is used by the fuel cells represents unique challenges of removing
impurities that can impact fuel cell performance as well as removing harmful
organic chemicals which do not affect the fuel cells but can't be released to
the atmosphere." 

"This project provides our first opportunity to demonstrate the application of
our Direct FuelCell technology with renewable landfill gas, in addition to
advancing our hydrogen co-production technology," said Tony Leo, Vice
President Application Engineering & Advanced Technology Development, FuelCell
Energy, Inc.  "Landfill gas is a large potential market, which presents unique
gas cleanup requirements. Our partner in this project, Quadrogen Power
Systems, has developed an effective cleanup technology, as demonstrated by the
high performance of their equipment at an existing hydrogen co-production fuel
cell installation in California that is providing ultra-clean electricity and
hydrogen for vehicle fueling from renewable biogas generated by a wastewater
treatment plant."  

The landfill for the City of Vancouver, Canada has an advanced gas collection
system. Some of the gas is flared, wasting a potential fuel source and
generating pollutants such as smog producing nitrogen oxide (NOx). Using the
landfill gas to generate ultra-clean power converts a waste disposal problem
into an environmentally friendly source of revenue. Power production is
expected to commence in early 2014.   A successful project demonstration could
potentially lead to additional projects at this landfill as well as other
landfills.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is investing in this project by providing a
repayable contribution through the Government of Canada's Canadian
Agricultural Adaptation Program, which aims to help the Canadian agricultural
sector adapt and remain competitive. In British Columbia, this program is
delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation.

Other project partners include Sustainable Development Technology Canada
(SDTC), National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and BC Bioenergy Network. 

Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants generate continuous baseload power in a
highly efficient and environmentally friendly process. Due to the absence of
combustion in the fuel cell power generation process, virtually no pollutants
are emitted such as nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SOx) or particulate
matter (PM[10]), resulting in ultra-clean power generation. The power plants
are fuel flexible, using readily available fuel sources such as natural gas,
renewable biogas, directed biogas, or for this project, landfill gas. The
electro-chemical power generation process does not utilize all of the hydrogen
generated from the fuel source so the unused hydrogen can be used for other
purposes such as vehicle fueling or industrial purposes, as this application
will demonstrate. 

The high efficiency of the fuel cell power generation process results in low
carbon emissions, particularly when compared to combustion based power
generation alternatives. Power generation from a fuel source such as landfill
gas is typically considered carbon-neutral due to the renewable nature of the
fuel source. 

This project will include FuelCell Energy's solid-state electrochemical
hydrogen separation and compression (EHSC) technology application, which
efficiently and cost effectively purifies and compresses hydrogen for
industrial uses or vehicle fueling. 

Village Farms International, Inc. (TSE:VFF) grows and markets greenhouse-grown
vegetables in North America. With more than 200 acres of greenhouses, Village
Farms is a leader in the hydroponic greenhouse industry. 

Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc. builds and installs high performance biogas
clean-up solutions capable of purifying renewable fuels from any source. The
clean-up technologies are modular and scalable to cost effectively purify
landfill gas, digester gas, or syngas. The company is headquartered in
Vancouver, BC, Canada. More information is available at www.quadrogen.com

About FuelCell Energy

Direct FuelCell® power plants are generating ultra-clean, efficient and
reliable power at more than 50 locations worldwide.  With more than 300
megawatts of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, FuelCell
Energy is a global leader in providing ultra-clean baseload distributed
generation to utilities, industrial operations, universities, municipal water
treatment facilities, government installations and other customers around the
world.  The Company's power plants have generated more than 1.5 billion
kilowatt hours of ultra-clean power using a variety of fuels including
renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as
clean natural gas. For more information, please visit our website at
www.fuelcellenergy.com

See us on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/FuelCellEnergyInc?feature=watch

The FuelCell Energy, Inc. logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3284

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
regarding the Company's plans and expectations regarding the continuing
development, commercialization and financing of its fuel cell technology and
business plans. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected. Factors that could cause such a difference include, without
limitation, whether the Company is able to reach definitive agreements on the
terms contemplated in the memorandums of agreement with POSCO Energy, general
risks associated with product development, manufacturing, changes in the
regulatory environment, customer strategies, potential volatility of energy
prices, rapid technological change, competition, and the Company's ability to
achieve its sales plans and cost reduction targets, as well as other risks set
forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of
this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or
undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statement
to reflect any change in the Company's expectations or any change in events,
conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Direct FuelCell, DFC, DFC/T, DFC-H2 and FuelCell Energy, Inc. are all
registered trademarks of FuelCell Energy, Inc. DFC-ERG is a registered
trademark jointly owned by Enbridge, Inc. and FuelCell Energy, Inc.

CONTACT: FuelCell Energy, Inc.
         Kurt Goddard, Vice President Investor Relations
         203-830-7494
         ir@fce.com
        
         Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc.
         Darren Jang, Project Engineer
         604-221-7170

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