FuelCell Energy, Inc. reported the completion of the 14.9 megawatt (MW) Bridgeport fuel cell park and acceptance by Dominion, the project owner. The installation consists of five direct fuel cell power plants and an organic rankine cycle turbine for added output and further efficiency gains.
The project was completed on schedule and power is being delivered to the electric grid under a 15-year energy purchase agreement with a Connecticut electric utility.
The project is located on a remediated brownfield site in an industrial area of Bridgeport, Connecticut, using only about 1.5 acres of land to provide 14.9 MW of baseload renewable power. The city benefits with clean distributed power generation and is receiving tax revenue from what was a vacant lot. The community benefits with ultra-clean power generation that is created locally, enhancing power reliability. The State of Connecticut benefits with tax revenue from a variety of sources, job creation in the State, and progress towards the State's renewable portfolio standard.
Multi-megawatt fuel cell parks solve power generation challenges for utilities as the combination of near-zero pollutants, modest land-use needs, and the quiet operating nature of fuel cell power plants facilitates their siting in urban locations. According to FuelCell Energy, fuel cell parks offer a multitude of advantages for utilities and neighboring communities, including:
Environmentally friendly power generation with virtually zero nitrogen oxide (NOx) that causes smog, sulfur dioxide (SOx) that contributes to acid rain, or particulate matter (PM10) that aggravates asthma, and the power is delivered with a low carbon footprint.
Distributed power generation places power near where it is used, enhancing the resiliency of the grid.
Efficient power generation process that is economical.
Continuous renewable power around the clock that is not reliant on weather or time of day.
Direct FuelCell’s power plants have generated more than two billion kilowatt hours of clean power using a variety of fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as natural gas.