FuelCell Energy, Inc. recognised the performance achievements of the 14.9mWDominion fuel cell park in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as the installation reached its one-year anniversary of operation.

The fuel cell park, owned by Dominion consists of five Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants, manufactured and installed by FuelCell Energy, that supply Class I renewable power to the electric grid under a 15-year energy purchase agreement. Additionally, the heat from the five power plants is recovered and converted into additional electricity, increasing the efficiency of the installation. FuelCell Energy operates and maintains the plants under a long term service agreement and continues to meet all contracted output requirements with availability of the fuel cell park in excess of 95%.

“We are very pleased with the performance of the Bridgeport fuel cell park,” said John Smatlak, Vice President of Power Generation Technical Services for Dominion. “In addition to consistently meeting power output requirements since its operation date, the installation continues to achieve availability that is comparable to the best performing units in our power generation fleet, including our Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford, Connecticut.”

“In Bridgeport, we’re investing in clean energy production, which is resulting in job creation and our children breathing cleaner air,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “The Dominion fuel cell park is the cornerstone of this effort. It produces enough clean energy to power up to 15,000 homes. It’s helping put Bridgeport on the map nationwide as a leader in fuel cell energy production. And, most importantly, it’s making our city a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

“FuelCell Energy delivered this turn-key multi-unit fuel cell park on-time in less than a year, and has since continued to meet all contracted commitments,” said Chip Bottone, President & Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “This installation is an ideal application of efficient and affordable distributed power generation that benefits multiple stakeholders.”

“This fuel cell park is generating world-wide interest from utilities and policy decision makers, hosting visitors from other US states and countries including Japan, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Korea as well as senior officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy,” continued Bottone.

The project is located on a remediated brownfield site in an industrial area of Bridgeport, Connecticut, using only about 1 ½ acres of land to provide 14.9mW of continuous renewable power. The City benefits with clean distributed power generation and is receiving tax revenue from what was previously a vacant lot. The community benefits with ultra-clean power generation that is created locally, enhancing the resiliency of the electric grid. The State of Connecticut benefits with tax revenue from a variety of sources, job creation in the State, and measurable progress towards the State’s renewable portfolio standard.