FuelCell Energy Wins 7 MW of Conn. Contracts

cellSome 7 MW of FuelCell Energy power plants are to be installed in-and-around Bridgeport, Conn.

One 2.8 MW DFC3000 fuel cell power plant (model, pictured) is to be installed in Bridgeport as part of a distributed renewable power generation project that also includes a solar array. A second, identical plant, is to be located within utility United Illumination’s service territory at a site to be named in the next 30 days.

FuelCell Energy will install the power plants and operate and maintain them for 20 years under long term service agreements. The plants are expected to be operational in early 2015.

A third, 1.4 MW plant is to be installed at the University of Bridgeport. This plant will supply nearly 80 percent of the campus power needs and operate as a micro-grid, capable of operating independently from the electric grid.

The University will benefit from the plant’s combined heat and power capabilities as the same unit of fuel generates both ultra-clean power and usable high quality heat. The heat will be used to generate hot water for heating the University recreation center, a dormitory and campus apartments.

The university project is part of the state of Connecticut’s Low-emission Renewable Energy Credit program.

FuelCell Energy expects to showcase its tri-generation capabilities of a Direct FuelCell power plant for industrial applications at its own manufacturing plant later this year, the company announced in March. The company said it will further develop the on-site distributed hydrogen generation market with a $2.8 million continuation of an award from the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Annual revenue in the stationary fuel cell market will double to $2 billion this year from 2012’s $1 billion, according to a report from Navigant Research released in March.  Stationary Fuel Cells also forecasts that even under conservative growth estimates, the industry will be shipping 6.9 GW per annum of stationary fuel cells by 2022. FuelCell Energy was named in the report, along with Bloom Energy and ClearEdge Power, as anindustry leader.

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