Orange County Schools Recipient of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration Unit

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., April 22, 2010—The Orange County School Board approved the placement of a fuel cell demonstration unit at Cedar Ridge High School to enhance the science and career-technical curriculums. In collaboration with Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation, Microcell Corporation, the developer of the fuel cell, and a grant from the North Carolina Green Business Fund, the location to place a fuel cell unit for the purpose of educating our students on alternative energy sources was presented to Orange County school officials and Board Members.

The Orange County School Board approved the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project at the April 19, 2010 Board Meeting. The fuel cell unit is to be in place at Cedar Ridge High School by the end of May pending county permit approvals. The fuel cell demonstration unit is to remain at Cedar Ridge High School for a period of twelve months which will allow the science and career-technical education teachers’ ample opportunity to incorporate the hydrogen fuel cell in their lesson planning. The overarching goal of this project is to cultivate future scientists who will use their critical thinking skills in order to develop ideas for future sources of alternative energy.

“Piedmont Electric is proud to be in partnership with our community schools and especially to be creating environments that encourage our students to pursue careers in science, math and other green jobs”, says CEO R.G. Brecheisen. “We are committed to helping improve the communities where we live and work,” he adds.

Piedmont Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative based in Hillsborough, is a nonprofit electric utility serving 31,000 consumers in parts of Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.

Microcell is the world leader in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Microfiber fuel cells. The company’s extrusion based, micro-tubular platform distinguishes it from other fuel cell technologies. Microcell currently offers Micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power) products for back up power applications. Microcell is headquartered in Raleigh with a manufacturing facility in Robersonville, North Carolina. The company has an investor/partnership relationship with North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation, Duke Energy, Progress Energy, Pepco Holding Inc., Dominion and American Electric Power. For more information, visit