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April 19, 2024

University of Hartford installs fuel cells to generate 1.8 MW of electricity

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED The University of Hartford campus.

The University of Hartford has partnered with HyAxiom, an East Hartford-based fuel cell company, to install four stationary fuel cell power plants on campus.

The fuel cells are HyAxiom's flagship product, the PureCell M400, a phosphoric acid fuel cell that produces energy and heat. The fuel cell can be converted to use hydrogen as a fuel, according to HyAxiom.

A fuel cell is a device that generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction, rather than combustion, and has a smaller carbon footprint than conventional power plants.

"We at the University of Hartford are thrilled to see the completion of this exciting project that will result in positive environmental impacts to our campus, surrounding neighborhoods and communities," University of Hartford’s Acting President Stephen Mulready said. "While we anticipate significant savings in energy costs over the months and years to come, what the fuel cell means in terms of our future sustainability goals is even more exciting.”

The university's fuel cell units will generate 1.8 MW of electricity, reducing the load on the electrical grid that serves the campus. In the future, the university may use heat generated by the units for the nearby East Hall.

The university is also using the fuel cells as a teaching tool. This summer, students will be able to visit the site to learn more about fuel cells and campus sustainability efforts.

HyAxiom has fuel cells operating at the University of Connecticut, Western Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University and Mission College, California.

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