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Mount Vernon Company Aris Energy Solutions And Partners Wins Federal Dept. Of Energy (DOE) Award

Aris’s Fuel Cell Will Be Installed At NASA ‘S Building Renamed After The Late Katherine Johnson Depicted In The Movie “Hidden Figures”

Lou Lombardozzi ( on the left ) and Steve Almeida Jr. (on the right ) of Aris Energy Solutions Mt.Vernon, bringing an "Energy Game Changer" to North America. Steve also is a member of an organization - Environmental Leaders of Color. (ELOC).

Aris Energy Solutions announces that it has been selected for a Department of Energy funding award for its proposal “Modular Fuel Cells Providing Resiliency to Data Centers and Other Critical Power Users.”  Aris celebrates this $2.66 million 3-year award with its esteemed program partners–the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), West Virginia University (WVU), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Gaia Energy Research Institute, and Velocity Data Centers. NASA has adopted the technology for NASA’S Independent Verification & Validation Building in Fairmont, WV: renamed in honor of the late talented Ms. Katherine Johnson of “Hidden Figures”. 

Founded in 2013 and led by executives with decades of experience in the electric utility, engineering, construction, and fuel cell industries.  Aris Energy is a Mount Vernon, New York based company with fuel solutions to a broad range of US markets. Aris stands confident in demonstrating how modular fuel cells integrated with other Distributed Energy Resources will present RESILIENCY to a power system! Resiliency in the system prevents extended power outages for home or small business due to weather anomalies or pre-emptive utility shutdowns. Aris’ partners across Asia, Australia & Europe have been deploying Residential Fuel Cells for years. Additionally, the fuel cell generates power on-site and is cleaner than the grid.   It is estimated that fuel cells cut carbon dioxide Emissions by up to 50% compared to Natural Gas fired power plants. Fuel cells run on hydrogen which is abundant in the atmosphere, and they emit water droplets.

Steve Almeida, Aris’ Director of Fuel Cells and CHP, and who was introduced to modular Fuel Cells and Batteries, while serving aboard Nuclear Submarines commented: “We are grateful for this opportunity with the DOE, our partners, FCHEA and SOLIDpower to bring a Resilient fuel cell-based energy solution to the markets. Our scalable solution will increase Energy Efficiency, enhance Electrification, minimize downtime – ensuring Resiliency, while decarbonizing Data Center operations. In a present/post COVID-19 World, critical power is where we need it most, in our homes and businesses. Hence, small capacity fuel cells will prove a preferred medium transitioning towards a hydrogen economy, as we will also demonstrate functionality via hydrogen/natural gas blend.  Additionally, we honor the past with our own hidden figure in the shape of a fuel cell to power critical infrastructure at NASA!  In my opinion, it is a befitting tribute to continue paying homage to incredible women of distinction – as we now have a Madam Vice President Elect, Kamala Harris.”

Lou Lombardozzi ( on the left ) and Steve Almeida Jr. (on the right ) of Aris Energy Solutions Mt. Vernon, bringing an “Energy Game Changer” to North America. Steve also is a member of an organization – Environmental Leaders of Color. (ELOC).

The core fuel cell technology, the modular/scalable BlueGEN micro fuel cell was developed by SOLIDPower, a European company with facilities in Italy and Germany.  Aris is currently installing early units in the U.S. and will demonstrate a key feature that will be integrated into the fuel cell system: Resiliency.  Near term targeted markets include small/distributed data centers and other critical power users, some of which are in the small commercial segment, and multi-family residential.  Through both the kW size scale-up and cost reductions that are incorporated into this DoE program plan, the markets will broaden to include Medium Size Commercial, Institutional, Municipal, and larger scale Data Center/Critical Power users. 

Separately, but closely aligned with the goals of the DoE program, Aris is installing BlueGen units in “real world” applications. Lou Lombardozzi, Aris’ Director of Engineering & Project Development who spent 30-years working at New York Power Authority before moving to Con Edison, said: “We’re pleased to announce grid interconnect approval allowing for BlueGEN installation in a single-family home. This achievement enhances commercial readiness; an objective of the DoE program.” 

Dan Connors, Aris’s COO and Co-Founder, added: “The market has made its two key needs truly clear:  Resiliency and De-Carbonization.  Beyond the Resiliency goal of this program, we seek to advance BlueGen’s current ability to decarbonize buildings and facilities of all types.  We believe the BlueGen fuel cell can become a key part of a Resilient and decarbonized energy infrastructure.”  

In early 2019, New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made one of the US most aggressive moves towards clean energy for his state.  He called for massive reductions of fossil fuels phased over the next two decades.  As a New York based company, Aris is proud to announce that it has secured a contract within its home state. National Grid will use fuel cells for a Residential Pilot Program in Brooklyn.  This will launch enormous opportunities for fuel cell technology in New York.     

Aris Energy Solutions appreciates its many friends and industry colleagues at the organization Environmental Leaders of Color (ELOC)- formed by energy and environmental advocates, Diana Williams, and Marvin Church. The company remains committed to using science to create cleaner energy and to build stronger communities. Aris encourages you to learn more about this program and Aris Energy Solutions.This Story was sourced from:
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1 Comment on Mount Vernon Company Aris Energy Solutions And Partners Wins Federal Dept. Of Energy (DOE) Award

  1. Appreciate folks at Black Westchester for the recognition here & my friends and industry colleagues @ Environmental Leaders Of Color – under Diana Williams & Marvin Church.

    The outreach stemming from this BW Article has been overwhelming. Truly grateful! I was introduced to modular Fuel Cells and Batteries, while serving aboard Nuclear Submarines – long before my days at ConEdison. Hence, proud to come full circle as an Ex-Con [Former ConEd Professional]. Lou Lombardozzi & I both came from there, while Lou completed 30 years at NYPA prior to that! So we understand the issues facing both Utilities & Customers. Aris stands confident in demonstrating how modular fuel cells integrated with other Distributed Energy Resources will present RESILIENCY! Our partners across Asia, Australia & Europe have been deploying Residential Fuel Cells for years. No more extended power outages at your home or small business due to weather anomalies or pre-emptive utility shut-downs. Lastly, this bad-boy generates power on-site and is cleaner than the grid – cutting CO2 Emissions by up to 50% compared to Natural Gas fired power plant…. and it can run on HYDROGREN.

    So confident – we’ve secured a contract with National Grid via a Residential Pilot, amidst a “Utility Campaign” as other regional utilities spanning the country – are looking towards Clean/Renewable solutions. This technology can sidestep gas moratoriums as well. What’s equally impressive to me is where the Fuel Cells are going – NASA’S Independent Verification & Validation Building in Fairmont, WV. You may know this building -renamed in honor of the late talented Ms. Katherine Johnson of “Hidden Figures”. So we honor the past with our own hidden figure in shape of a fuel cell to power critical infrastructure at NASA! Befitting, in my opinion to continue paying homage to incredible Women of Distinction – as we now have a Madam Vice President [Elect].

    For those expressing to learn more about the DOE Project – see the following link: https://ariswind.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/PR-Web-link-20201008-1.pdf

    On behalf of Aris Energy Solutions & Partners – again our sincere thanks!

    Stephen J. Almeida Jr.
    Director of Fuel Cells / Clean Heat & Power

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