Renovations over the next 18 months at the Trimpe Building at Lewis & Clark Community College will make the college one of the first locations in the Midwest to host a fuel cell system - an alternative energy source - that will be part of the new Alternative Energy Production Center. This ClearEdge Power fuel cell system runs on a natural gas supply, and will generate 5kw, which is enough energy to power an entire home.
Lewis & Clark President Dr. Dale Chapman says he believes Ameren has taken an interest in the project because they want to see how the fuel cells will react in a real world environment.
Chapman added that the plans for the renovations of Trimpe are being finalized. Work will begin in July 2013.