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November 16, 2023

FuelCell Energy opens 14-MW fuel cell park in Derby, 2nd largest in North America

Contributed Danbury-based FuelCell Energy's new 14-megawatt fuel cell park in Derby.

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy has completed the second-largest fuel cell park in North America, a 14-megawatt facility situated along the Housatonic River in Derby.

The company celebrated the opening of its newest fuel cell project on Thursday with state and local leaders.

The fuel cell park on Roosevelt Drive consists of 10 fuel cells, which convert natural gas into electricity through an electrochemical process that is virtually free of emissions.

The facility will supply power to Eversource and United Illuminating through 20-year power purchase agreements. The power is classified as Class I Renewable Energy.

The location was selected by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection through a competitive bidding process for clean energy proposals.

FuelCell Energy also operates the largest fuel cell park in North America, located in Bridgeport.

In addition to powering tens of thousands of homes, the new Derby facility will generate tax revenue for the city, according to the company’s announcement.

FuelCell Energy, founded in 1969, has its roots in Connecticut. The components of the Derby facility were manufactured in the company’s factory in Torrington.

FuelCell Energy said it is one of the first companies to adopt the state’s new “Make It Here” branding, which emphasizes the strength of its manufacturing base. 

FuelCell Energy is also developing a second fuel cell project in Derby on Coon Hollow Road, under the state’s Shared Clean Energy Facility program. When completed, it will produce 2.8 megawatts of power.

FuelCell Energy, a publicly traded company, holds more than 450 fuel cell technology patents in the United States and globally. 

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