Hydrogen fuel cell power plan dedicated in ConnecticutMay 13, 2013
Largest hydrogen fuel plant dedicated in Bridgeport
The largest hydrogen fuel cell power plant in North America has been dedicated in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The power plant has been in development for the past six years and has met many challenges in this time. The project is focused on using hydrogen fuel cells to generate electrical power for the city and for various other purposes. In its early years, the project was in a turbulent stage of development that threatened its future. The project found strong support from Governor Dannel Malloy, however, that helped it reach the point it is at today.
Power plant to generate enough electricity to power 15,000 homes
State and city officials note that the hydrogen fuel cell power plant costs approximately $65 million and is capable of generating more than 14 megawatts of electrical power, enough to power 15,000 homes in Connecticut for a year. The project is part of Connecticut’s ongoing support for renewable energy and sustainability. The state has become one of the strongest supporters of hydrogen fuel in the country and has adopted many policies that make it a favorable location for companies within the fuel cell industry.
Hydrogen fuel produced using natural gas
The power plant is comprised of five hydrogen fuel cells developed by FuelCell Energy. While these fuel cells are responsible for the production of electricity, they do not produce hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen that these energy systems use is produced through the use of natural gas. This means that the power plant, which is billed as an environmentally friendly power facility, generates carbon dioxide emissions, making it less environmentally friendly than previously thought.
Natural gas considered cleaner than other energy sources
Though the hydrogen fuel used at the power facility is produced using natural gas, this fossil-fuel is much less “dirty” when compared to oil and coal. Natural gas does emit carbon dioxide when it is used to generate electrical power, but not to the same degree that other fossil-fuels do, which is why it is still considered an environmentally friendly fuel and often referred to as an alternative to conventional fossil-fuels.