Eastern Connecticut State University Commissions Fuel Cell Power Plant

28 Sep 2012

UTC Power fuel cell at Eastern

Eastern Connecticut State University is partnering with UTC Power and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), on a project to increase energy efficiency at the University.

Under a ten-year Energy Services Agreement (ESA), UTC Power has supplied and installed a PureCell® combined heat and power fuel cell system at Eastern's Science Building, made possible by a federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant through CEFIA.

UTC Power, CEFIA and Eastern officials, along with other guests, will formally dedicate the fuel cell during a brief ceremony on 4th October from 10:30-11:30 am on site. 

The PureCell system, a stationary phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC), produces 400 kW of continuous electric power while generating usable by-product heat. Eastern will use 100% of the energy produced by the fuel cell system, which was installed earlier this year on the west side of Eastern's Science Building, to provide a majority of the power required for the Science Building, while maximizing the use of the heat output available. Supplemental heat generated by the operation of the fuel cell will be used by Eastern's infrastructure. With effective use of the thermal output, overall system efficiencies of up to 90% are possible — more than double that of traditional power sources.

By generating and using power on-site with a PureCell system, Eastern will prevent the release of more than 1,356 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 313 acres of trees.  The reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant is equal to the environmental benefit of removing more than 136 cars from the road.  In addition to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the PureCell system saves nearly 3.8 million gallons of water each year.

Source: UTC Power press release

Photo: Eastern will use 100% of the energy produced by this PureCell fuel cell system to provide a majority of the power required for its Science Building, while maximizing the use of the heat output available. (PRNewsFoto/UTC Power)

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