12/26/2014 - U.S. Dept. of Energy: Bridgeport, Conn. is a leader in using fuel cell technology

“In Bridgeport, we’re making smart investments in the future by creating green jobs, and investing in clean energy that ensure our kids can breathe easier. Fuel Cells play a vital role in my vision for our city’s future.” – Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn. – In a recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report titled, “State of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2014,” Bridgeport is highlighted as a leader in using the virtually pollutant free energy source to power thousands of homes. The report also notes that Connecticut is one of the top five fuel cell states in the country.

Mayor Bill Finch, who also serves as co-chair for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Task Force, noted that fuel cell technology plays a major role in his vision for Bridgeport’s future.

“In Bridgeport, we’re making smart investments in the future by creating green jobs, and investing in clean energy that ensure our kids can breathe easier,” said Mayor Finch. “Fuel Cells play a vital role in my vision for our city’s future. We’re serving as a national leader on this front. We’re home to North America’s largest fuel cell, which power 15,000 homes with clean energy. And, soon we’ll be home to two new fuel cells. In the future, we’ll be generating enough clean energy from fuel cells to power up to 19,000 homes.”

Bridgeport is unique amongst cities in the United States with its 19 megawatts of stationary fuel cell power plants announced, providing both electric grid support as well as on-site power, which is double that of the other two leading cities in America with extensive fuel cell installations: San Diego, California and San Jose, California.

The U.S. DOE report makes note of three Bridgeport fuel cell projects – one complete and two that will be online in the near future – which include:

  • Bridgeport Dominion Fuel Cell – Bridgeport’s Dominion Fuel Cell, spearheaded by Fuel Cell Energy, is the largest in North America (14.9MW), and can power 15,000 homes with clean energy (Click here for photos: http://bit.ly/1vxv2MT & click here for more info: http://slate.me/1qkafOE).

     

  • Bridgeport’s Green Energy Park – Bridgeport’s Green Energy Park consists of a 2.8MW fuel cell and 9,000 solar panels that will sit atop and old and unused landfill. It is slated to begin construction in 2015 (Click here for renderings of the project: http://bit.ly/1u7yP5V & click here for more info: http://cour.at/1xotzPg).

     

  • University of Bridgeport Fuel Cell – University of Bridgeport is seeking to install a 1.4MW fuel cell, spearheaded by Fuel Cell Energy, on their campus (click here to read more: http://bit.ly/1CXPUlr).

The fuel cell projects in Bridgeport are affordable with private capital providing public benefits. Responsible power generated in an environmentally friendly manner and close to the point of use enhances grid resiliency while supporting sustainability goals.  Fuel cell power plants generate power electrochemically in a highly efficient process. 

Due to the absence of combustion, virtually no pollutants are emitted, such as the harmful products that create smog, acid rain, and aggravate asthma, and the carbon footprint is low. And, fuel cells do not require or are exempt in most states from air permitting due to the almost complete absences of pollutants 

Here are additional resources for information on green job creation and clean energy investments in Bridgeport, Conn.