Dominion breaks ground on 15 MW fuel cell power project

Dominion broke ground on its Bridgeport Fuel Cell, which is being built downtown alongside Interstate 95 and the Northeast rail corridor, will produce 14.9 MW of clean energy – enough to power about 15,000 homes – using an electro-chemical process that efficiently converts natural gas into electricity.

Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell is part of Project 150, a program sponsored by the state and supported by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to increase renewable and clean energy projects in Connecticut by 150 MW.

CEFIA is a full-scale clean energy finance authority that leverages public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut. This project was supported by the city of Bridgeport, which provides a tax incentive development agreement that will be in place for the life of the project.

FuelCell Energy Inc. will build, operate and maintain the facility under contract to Dominion. FCE is supplying five Direct FuelCell stationary fuel cell power plants and an organic rankine turbine that will convert heat from the fuel cells into additional electricity.

FuelCell Energy has expanded its Connecticut manufacturing workforce by more than 20 percent or more than 50 jobs in the past six months, reflecting demand such as this Bridgeport fuel cell park. The project is scheduled to be completed and placed into operation in late 2013. Dominion will sell the output of the fuel cell power station to Connecticut Light & Power under a 15-year fixed power purchase agreement.

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