FuelCell Energy Generates Ultra-Clean Power and Delivers Cost Savings to Trinity College
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- Trinity College to achieve 39 percent reduction in CO2, decrease fuel consumption by 35 percent, and reduce annual energy costs
- Highly efficient power generation reduces carbon emissions while providing predictable power
DANBURY, Conn. -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced the execution of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to install a 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant projected to save the institution approximately 30 percent in annual energy costs. The combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell plant will be located adjacent to the school’s athletic center, and will generate a continuous supply of on-site electricity and steam for the campus, serving approximately 2,200 students. With grid-independent operating capabilities, the fuel cell plant supports future implementation of a micro-grid for the campus.
FuelCell Energy will provide a turn-key solution including the installation of the power plant and long term operation and maintenance. Trinity College will pay for power as it is produced, avoiding a capital investment in power generation.
“Trinity is committed to enhancing environmental awareness, responsibility, and sustainability throughout our College community and this on-site fuel cell power solution is a first step,” said Dan Hitchell, vice president for finance and operations of Trinity College.
“We are pleased to be working with Trinity College in delivering an unobtrusive, quiet power generation solution right on campus that will advance sustainability goals while strengthening critical infrastructure and reducing operating costs for the College,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy. “As numerous universities and colleges have demonstrated, fuel cells are an ideal solution for higher education to enhance energy resiliency in a clean and affordable manner.”
The 1.4 megawatt fuel cell plant will generate both electricity and steam from the same unit of fuel, supporting both sustainability and economics, while achieving overall system efficiency upwards of 70 percent. The steam produced by the plant will supply the centralized steam system.
Minimizing use of boilers for steam reduces operating costs for the College as well as reducing associated emissions from the combustion-based heating process.
The highly efficient fuel cells utilize electrochemistry for the generation of electricity, enhancing sustainability by avoiding the creation of pollutants that burning a fuel generates, and generating power with a low carbon footprint. The carbon dioxide (CO₂) reduction achieved by the fuel cell plant will be approximately 4,100 tons per year as compared to the national grid, which is equivalent to avoiding the annual greenhouse gas emissions from approximately 965 passenger vehicles.
This clean fuel cell installation will annually avoid the emission of approximately 8 tons of smog-producing nitrogen oxide (NOx), 10 tons of sulfur dioxide (SOx) that causes acid rain and more than 2,500 pounds of particulate matter (PM) that can aggravate asthma.
FuelCell Energy solves power generation challenges, cleanly, efficiently and affordably, providing:
- Complete turn-key solutions including power purchase agreement structures that avoid any need for the power user to invest directly in the power generation equipment
- Avoidance of clean air permitting challenges as fuel cells utilize an electrochemical process that produces power in a manner that is virtually absent of criteria pollutants such as nitrogen oxide (NOx) that causes smog, sulfur dioxide (SOx) that contributes to acid rain, or particulate matter that can aggravate asthma
- Highly efficient power generation and combined heat and power configuration minimizes carbon emissions while providing predictable power
- Enhanced energy resiliency with affordable on-site power
Trinity College (www.trincoll.edu), founded in 1823, is a liberal arts college on a 100-acre campus in Hartford, Connecticut. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,200 students.