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Posted on: December 8, 2023

WATT Fuel Cell signs seven-year lease extension for its headquarters at Mount Pleasant Glass Centre

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WATT Fuel Cell Corp. (“WATT”), a pioneer in fuel cell technology, has signed a seven-year lease extension for 39,153 square feet of space at the Mount Pleasant Glass Centre. The agreement, effective through October of 2030, ensures that WATT will continue to contribute to the Westmoreland economy and innovation landscape.

WATT specializes in the development and manufacturing of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (“SOFC”) systems capable of running on common fuels such as natural gas and propane. An innovator that has attracted equity investors such as Generac Power Systems and EQT, WATT has developed systems that are adaptable to support the transition to future fuels like hydrogen. Moreover, the company's technology is designed to process blended fuels, facilitating a smooth transition in the evolving energy landscape.

WCIDC Chairman Sean Kertes expressed excitement about the renewed partnership with WATT.

"We're proud that WATT has committed to Westmoreland County for the rest of this decade, and we're excited to see the company grow and commercialize technologies such as its recently ETL-certified 1,500W Imperium Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System.”

Founded in 2010 by Dr. Caine Finnerty, WATT has called the WCIDC industrial park system home since 2014. The company established its presence in the region after acquiring Pittsburgh Electric Engines Inc., which had been a tenant of Mount Pleasant Glass Centre since 2007.

“WATT has come a long way both technically and commercially since our arrival in Mount Pleasant, and we don’t plan on stopping now. The team is growing and we’ve had some great luck sourcing local talent, filling everything from entry level technician roles to specialized engineering positions within the organization. We’ve made extensive renovations to our current facility that will allow us to drastically improve our production and manufacturing capabilities coming into 2024. It’s going to be an exciting year as we continue to drive the commercialization of cleaner innovative energy solutions both here in the Appalachians and the US,” Dr. Finnerty said.

WCIDC Vice Chair Doug Chew said he’s proud to have innovative manufacturers such as WATT in the county.

“The world’s energy needs are expanding, and WATT Fuel Cell’s innovative technology is designed to adapt along with those needs,” Chew said. “Given the county’s efforts to support advanced manufacturing with resources such as the Digital Foundry at New Kensington, WATT fits in perfectly with our manufacturing community.”

WATT has 41 employees. WCIDC Secretary Ted Kopas noted the impact of the Mount Pleasant Glass Centre on the local economy.

“This lease renewal affirms Mount Pleasant Glass Centre's role as a hub for employment in southern Westmoreland County, and it’s a vote of confidence in our workforce, infrastructure and overall economic climate."

Mount Pleasant Glass Centre, owned by the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland and managed by WCIDC, has undergone significant transformation since its inception. The 142,681-square-foot facility has evolved into a multi-tenant space that currently supports 130 jobs, contributing to the 9,000+ jobs within the entire WCIDC industrial park system. The success of this partnership highlights the resilience and adaptability of the region's economic landscape.

 

About Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation

Founded in 1983 by the Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners, the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation implements a comprehensive economic development strategy to promote growth in terms of job creation, economic output and a stable tax base for Westmoreland County. Through the development of a county-wide industrial park system, a responsive Business Calling Program and involvement in public/private partnerships, WCIDC strives to foster business growth, resulting in job opportunities for the citizens of Westmoreland County. www.WestmorelandCountyIDC.org.

About WATT Fuel Cell

WATT Fuel Cell (www.wattfuelcell.com) is a manufacturer and developer of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (“SOFC”) stacks and systems that operate on common, readily available fuels such as propane and natural gas. WATT’s proprietary, patented additive manufacturing process (AMP) has allowed it to produce commercially viable SOFC products for small-scale and remote power applications. WATT’s Hybrid Power Management system works in tandem with renewable power sources (solar and wind) and energy storage to provide quiet, efficient, affordable, and environmentally responsible energy solutions prioritizing a return on investment for customers across the globe.

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