July 3, 2012 | last updated July 3, 2012 11:39 am

UTC Power sells six fuel cells to CBS

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
UTC Power of South Windsor manufacturers fuel cells, such as this one installed at UConn earlier this year. The company sold six of these units in July to CBS Studios in California.

South Windsor energy manufacturer UTC Power will install six of its fuel cells at two CBS Studios production locations in California.

Three of the units will be installed at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, Calif. while the other three will be at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. The studios produce shows such as Dancing with the Stars, The Price is Right, CSI: NY, American Idol and NCIS.

While the cost of the contract was not disclosed, six fuel cells can cost in excess of $15 million before any state credits for renewable energy. Fuel cells essentially are giant batteries that create electricity through an electromagnetic process using natural gas.

The six fuel cells will provide 2.4 megawatts of power, providing 40 and 60 percent of the two CBS studios' electricity requirements. The units will be delivered later this year.

The CBS project is support by the California Self-Generation Incentive Program.

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