MALTA, N.Y. - General Electric is opening a new facility located in Malta and will be devoted to the development of fuel cells.
GE cut the ribbon on its fuel cells facility on Tuesday morning. Officials compare it to a start up company. They say they're piloting development of solid oxide fuel cells which would allow GE to supply customers with reliable, efficient, electric power, even to those with no central power stations.
Officials say they have hired 22 people for the plant so far and they plan to hire a handful more. However, they're hoping as the technology takes off, they'll expand.
"We're using really advanced manufacturing breakthroughs to manufacture fuel cells but we're also bringing it to market paired with GE's gas engines. And by pairing those together we'll be able to get game changing efficiencies," said GE Fuel Cells General Manager Johanna Wellington .
GE also announced an agreement with Hudson Valley Community College. They'll supply the school with a fuel cell power generation system that will allow students to learn more about the emerging technology.