The University of Connecticut will activate a new UTC Power PureCell fuel cell system Thursday that will supply clean, efficient and sustainable energy to all buildings at UConn's Depot Campus.
The 400kW fuel cell power plant is part of an ongoing effort by UConn to reduce its carbon footprint and build a sustainable community.
The fuel cell will provide electricity, heat and cooling to UConn research labs and offices, including those working on advancing fuel cell technology. The new fuel cell, made possible through a $1 million federal stimulus grant from Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, will allow UConn to see a net reduction of about 600,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
It will also serve as a demonstration and teaching model for UConn students interested in learning more about microgrid energy systems and new energy technology.