As reported previously, GE plans to start producing solid oxide fuel cells at a new plant in Saratoga county in 2017. A pilot plant for GE's new start up is located near Hudson Valley Community College's (HVCC's) Tec Smart campus in Malta adjacent to Global Foundries' computer chip manufacturing factory. GE will help HVCC develp a program for future workers of its fuel cell plant.
The HVCC Tec Smart Campus also offers programs in solar and wind energy technologies as well as computer chip manufacturing. It is starting to look Iike GE is serious about Fuel Cells which will be a strong complement to its wind turbine business, Durathon batteries and solar research activities. GE is styling this new business as a start up with its own board of directors and backing from GE ventures. Both the batteries and fuel cells can be viewed as ways of storing energy for when the sun doesn't shine and wind doesn't blow. GE has indicated that it sees its fuel cells as using natural gas as a fuel for more efficient utilization than conventional natural gas power plants.