June 22, 2011 | last updated May 31, 2012 7:15 pm

Coke installs UTC fuel cell in East Hartford

Soda maker Coca-Cola installed two 400-kilowatt fuel cells from South Windsor energy manufacturer UTC Power at its bottling facility in East Hartford.

The PureCell System fuel cells from UTC Power - a subsidiary of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp. - will provide 100 percent of the electrical and 50 percent of the heating demand at the East Hartford bottling facility. The system was unveiled on June 17.

"These UTC fuel cells have the potential to become a real game-changer in the way businesses power and heat their facilities," said Congressman John Larson, D-CT, who attended the event. "This is a great investment by Coca-Cola. They're now poised to see real energy savings while doing their part to reduce the burden on our power grid and help fight global warming."

The two fuel cells were wrapped in artwork created by East Hartford High School junior Julia Steele, who won a contest sponsored by Coke.

The Connecticut fuel cell industry grew by 28 percent over the past five years, according to the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.

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