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May 3, 2013

Duff Attends Groundbreaking for North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Park

Connecticut-manufactured technology to power facility

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State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), second from right, breaks ground on the Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park, which when completed will be the largest electric generation facility of its kind in all of North America.

BRIDGEPORT—On a bright morning in Bridgeport’s West End, city, state and federal officials gathered to break ground on what will become North America’s largest fuel cell park. The site will generate electricity using fuel cell systems designed, manufactured and installed by FuelCell Energy, Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut.

State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), Senate Chairman of the General Assembly’s Energy & Technology Committee, called the new facility a landmark achievement for renewable energy and industry in Connecticut.

“The construction of this fuel cell park is a landmark achievement for Connecticut. It is a demonstration of state’s immense industrial, manufacturing and engineering prowess, as well as our world-leading commitment to cleaner, more reliable energy, made possible through technological innovation,” said Senator Duff.

Also in attendance at today’s ceremony were Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, and Congressman Jim Himes.

The new facility grew out of state legislative efforts to incentivize the production of more efficient and cleaner energy sources. Connecticut’s Project 150 program is providing support for the construction of 150 megawatts (MW) of new in-state clean electric generation capacity, all to help meet the ambitious goal of deriving 20 percent of the state’s total electricity needs from “Class I ” clean energy sources by the year 2020.

Located on a former brownfield site on Bridgeport’s Railroad Avenue, the new fuel cell park will support approximately 161 jobs over its life. The facility’s fuel cell systems will be designed, manufactured and installed by FuelCell Energy, Inc. of Danbury, Connecticut, which will then continue to provide facility operation and maintenance services for the fuel cell park’s owner, Dominion Resources, Inc .

The facility will be capable of generating up to 14.93 MW of electricity, utilizing five 2.8 MW fuel cell systems and an organic rankine turbine. Electricity output from the project has been contracted for a 15 year term through a purchase agreement with Connecticut Light & Power.

Construction at the new fuel cell park is already underway, and commercial operation is expected to begin by the end of 2013.


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