January 12, 2016
Connecticut Green Guide

Record-breaking fuel cell park approved

A proposed Beacon Falls fuel cell park, which would be the world's largest, took a big step forward recently as it received the blessing of the Connecticut Siting Council.

Though the council expressed reservations over the 63.3-megawatt parks' projected carbon-dioxide emissions (265,000 tons per year), it ruled Jan. 8 that the park fits with the state's renewable energy goals and would not have a substantial adverse environmental impact.

The park would contain fuel cells made by Danbury's FuelCell Energy. There would be 21 total units split among two different models, one with a higher efficiency rating.

The developer, O&G Industries subsidiary Beacon Falls Energy Park LLC of Middletown, still needs to get air permits from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

That process will include a discussion of options to reduce projected CO2 emissions, the council said in its decision.

The council also recommended that BFEP use FuelCell's more efficient unit, the HEFC, to the greatest extent possible. BFEP plans to have five HEFC models and 16 DFC3000 models.

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