October 3, 2012

AT&T buys Calif. fuel cells for CT operations

National telecommunications provider AT&T has purchased 9.6 megawatts of fuel cells from a California manufacturer for AT&T's 28 sites in Connecticut and California.

AT&T expanded on its existing contract with Bloom Energy of Sunnyvale, Calif. for fuel cells. The telecommunications giant had previously purchased 7.5 megawatts for its sites in California and now grew that purchase for more sites in Connecticut and California.

Bloom Energy is a key competitor to Connecticut's fuel cell companies: UTC Power of South Windsor and FuelCell Energy, Inc. of Danbury.

Connecticut and California are among the few states that offer state subsidies for fuel cell purchases, because of the limit impact the technology has on the environment compared to other forms of generation.

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