FuelCell Energy Opens Derby Facility
Connecticut is now home to North America’s two largest fuel cell parks.
Danbury-based FuelCell Energy held a “cable cutting” ceremony to open its newest fuel cell project in Derby Nov. 16.
The 14-megawatt facility along the Housatonic River consists of 10 fuel cells. It will supply power to Eversource and United Illuminating customers.
Gov. Ned Lamont, Derby mayor Rich Dziekan, representatives from Eversource and United Illuminating, and other state and local officials were on hand for the Nov. 16. ceremony.
FuelCell Energy says fuel cells convert natural gas into enough electricity to power more than 10,000 homes in a virtually emissions-free process.
The power generated by the facility is classified as Class I Renewable Energy.
It will be delivered to the two utility companies as part of 20-year power purchase agreements.
FuelCell Energy also operates the largest fuel cell park in North America, which is located in Bridgeport.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection chose the Derby site in 2018 during a statewide bidding process for clean energy solutions.
“We couldn’t be prouder to be able to deliver groundbreaking clean energy solutions to our neighbors right here in Connecticut and are grateful for the vision and leadership of our government officials and representatives for making this possible,” said FuelCell Energy president and CEO Jason Few.
Made in Connecticut
FuelCell Energy said its Torrington factory made all the components for the Derby facility.
The company said it’s proud to embrace the state’s new Make it Here campaign to highlight the strength of Connecticut’s manufacturing base.
FuelCell Energy is also working on another fuel cell project in Derby through the state’s Shared Clean Energy Facility program.
When its finished, that facility will produce 2.8 megawatts of power.
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