Fuel cell power plant comes to CCSU campus

Fuel cell power plant comes to CCSU campus

July 13, 2012 0 By Erin Kilgore

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Fuel cell power plant marks a step toward the university’s sustainable future

The Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) has announced that it has adopted a new fuel cell power plant. The university has shared the opinions of its home state concerning alternative energy and hydrogen fuel, considering fuel cells an important part to the future of sustainability. The fuel cell power plant was designed and manufactured in Connecticut by FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new energy system is expected to help CCSU reduce its greenhouse emissions and move a step closer to energy sustainability.

Power plant expected to meet a third of the university’s energy needs

The fuel cell power plant will be capable of generating 1.4 megawatts of electricity, enough to meet approximately one third of the campus’ energy needs. The project was privately funded, and CCSU is withholding the exact details concerning this funding. The project is expected to save the campus more than $100,000 on its electric bill each year. Because CCSU is a state university, savings that the campus sees in terms of energy costs are expected to benefit taxpayers.

Connecticut continues to show leadership in the adoption of hydrogen fuel cells

Connecticut has been a leader in the adoption of hydrogen fuel cells in the U.S. The state boasts of several hydrogen-friendly policies that encourage fuel cell businesses to operate within its borders. Connecticut also makes use of the hydrogen fuel cells that are developed and produced natively. Though the state recently began taking ales aggressive approach to its support of hydrogen fuel cells due to financial concerns, Connecticut remains one of the most accommodating states in the U.S. for the energy systems.

Alternative energy systems begin to gain appeal throughout the U.S.

Fuel cells continue to be a popular energy option for organizations looking to break ties with traditional energy companies and fossil-fuels. Their status as a zero-emissions technology has earned fuel cells the favor of many states throughout the U.S., though several have yet to adopt the energy systems for themselves.


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