December 8, 2015
CT Green Guide

CT prominent in 2015 fuel cell activity

The fuel cell industry continues to grow. Worldwide revenue nearly doubled to approximately $2.2 billion in 2014, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy.

That figure is projected to grow to $14.3 billion by 2020 for the stationary fuel cell market, Radiant Insights said last year, and to nearly $60 billion across all applications, Navigant predicted earlier this year.

A new report from Washington, D.C.-based trade group Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA)recaps 2015 fuel cell activity, and Connecticut is prevalent in the mix.

DOE has ranked Connecticut as a top fuel cell state for the past several years.

A developer has proposed building a 63-megawatt fuel cell park in Beacon Falls, which would be the largest such park in the world. The project is currently pending before the Connecticut Siting Council. If it's approved, the park may not be operational until 2019, the New Haven Register reported last month.

Highlights since FCHEA's late 2014 market report include:

  • Pepperidge Farm said in March that it would add a 1.4-megawatt system, made by Danbury's Fuel Cell Energy, to its Bloomfield facility, which has had fuel cells since 2006;

  • Walmart said in April that its New Haven and Waterford stores would install Bloom fuel cells;

  • IBM installed a 1-megawatt fuel cell in Dec. 2014 at its Southbury data center;

  • Realty developer Becker + Becker installed a fuel cell in May at its 777 Main apartment building Hartford (the former Bank of America tower);

  • In April, Comcast flipped the switch on a 400-kilowatt fuel cell at its Berlin regional headquarters;

  • In September, Constellation and Bloom Energy said they had partnered to develop 40 megawatts of fuel cell projects in Connecticut and three other states. One of those projects is a city of Hartford microgrid;

  • Amgraph is expected to start up an 800-kilowatt fuel cell power plant made by South Windsor's Doosan Fuelcell America.

Both the state and federal government provide financial incentives for fuel cells, which combine oxygen with hydrogen produced from natural gas to create electricity.

At the end of 2016, the federal investment tax credit, which covers one-third the cost of a fuel cell system, is set to expire.

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