On April 14, 2017, members of NEWIEE‘s Western New England Chapter toured the 15 megawatt Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park located in Bridgeport, CT. The fuel cell park, owned by Dominion, consists of five fuel cell power plants, manufactured and installed by FuelCell Energy. The facility delivers Class I renewable energy to the electric grid under a 15-year power purchase agreement with Eversource Energy. Additionally, the heat from the five power plants is recovered and converted into additional electricity, increasing the efficiency of the installation. The project is located on a remediated brownfield site in an industrial area of Bridgeport, using only about 1 ½ acres of land.
FuelCell Energy, headquartered in Danbury, CT, designs, manufactures, installs, and operates grid-scale fuel cell power plants. Fuel cell power plants, using ambient air and a hydrogen-rich fuel such as natural gas, create electricity and heat through an electrochemical reaction without emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, or particulate matter because no combustion occurs. For more information on how a fuel cell works, visit FuelCell Energy’s website.