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The 200 kW fuel cell shown here operated from 2002 to 2008, as part of an effort to evaluate the feasibility of fuel cells as a form of distributed electrical generation. As a retrofit project (fuel cell placed to serve existing buildings), the fuel cell provided little economic advantage. Fuel cells designed as part of new construction are far more beneficial. The fuel cell was taken out of service when it's location conflicted with the College's Master Facilities Plan.
The College installed the natural gas fired fuel cell in 2002 at an initial cost of $1.3 million dollars. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) provided a grant to cover most of the cost of the unit, with the college paying only $ 305,000. The NJ Board of Public Utilities provided a rebate of $710,000 for the unit. The fuel cell provided just under 10% of the total energy for the campus. Apart from providing clean energy, the fuel cell at Stockton College also served as a teaching and demonstration tool. This fuel cell is part of a green energy initiative that includes photovoltaic cells for the Arts and Science Building and the world’s largest closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling system. Courses offered at the college incorporate modules that focus on the fuel cell, the geothermal unit and photovoltaic cells.