University of Connecticut Commissions Fuel Cell Power Plant

30 Apr 2012

UConn Fuel Cell

Last week, a new fuel cell power plant was officially commissioned at the University of Connecticut’s Depot Campus. The 400 kW fuel cell has been supplied by UTC Power, who took part in the ribbon-cutting alongside representatives of the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.

The UTC Power PureCell system will supply the campus with cleaner electricity, heating and cooling, particularly to critical UConn research labs and offices, including those working on advancing fuel cell and microgrid technology at UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering. The PureCell uses phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) technology. It runs on reformed natural gas, but the high electrical efficiency of the fuel cell and its production of high-grade heat that can be used for heating and cooling mean that overall efficiency of fuel use is very high. It is expected that the fuel cell will prevent the release of more than 831 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

The installation of a UTC Power PureCell system is the latest step by UConn to reduce its carbon footprint and build a sustainable community. The fuel cell installation was made possible through a federal stimulus grant from Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Reference: UConn


Bryan Garcia, CEFIA president, left, Prabhakar Singh, director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering, Joe Triompo '79 (ENG), UTC Power vice president and general manager, Donald Williams, state senate president pro tempore, State Rep. Gregg Haddad '89 (CLAS), President Susan Herbst, Patricia Bergman, associate director of the Center for Clean Energy Engineering, and Mun Choi, dean of the School of Engineering, cut a ribbon to mark the commissioning of a natural gas fuel cell at UConn's Depot campus on April 26. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)


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