PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Community College is leading the pack by using new, state-of-the-art fuel cells to power one of their buildings.
"Portland Community College is setting an example for colleges across the nation," Rep. Schrader said. "(The college) has an incredibly impressive alternative energy curriculum and the way it leverages alternative energy sources is also highly commendable."
The fuel cells, which convert natural gas into electricity and heat, were made by Hillsboro-based ClearEdge Power. According to ClearEdge, their fuel cells are 10 times more productive than solar power.They will be used to power Sylvania's Health Technology Building and to heat the swimming pool that's inside.
"This project is very exciting," Preston Pulliams, district president of PCC, said in a news release. "It allows us to gain significant environmental benefits and create a living laboratory for students."
Sylvania is PCC's oldest campus and the fuel cell project is part of a retrofit effort to make the campus more sustainable.
"With projects like this, Oregon is establishing the infrastructure to transform our economy and establish opportunities for future generations," Sen. Merkley said.
Press Conference Video Courtesy of PCC Public Affairs