February 19, 2015
Connecticut should increase its fuel cell generation six-fold by 2025, according to a report Thursday released by a group of New England energy companies.
The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), which is administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology in East Hartford, said policymakers should pay attention to the role fuel cells could play in increased efficiency, greenhouse gas reductions, and a projected increase in energy demand in the years ahead.
NEESC said it hopes Connecticut can increase its existing 28.6 megawatts of fuel cell technology to as much as 175 megawatts over the next 10 years, which could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 368,000 tons a year.
The group also called for the state to develop four or five hydrogen fueling stations in the decade ahead, and to get 477 fuel cell electric vehicles on the road. There is currently one hydrogen fueling station at Proton Onsite in Wallingford.
Such actions would support an estimated 600 companies in the state that are part of the supply chain, NEESC said. Those companies brought in $312 million in direct revenue in 2011. For full article…