South Windsor, Connecticut, United States February 28, 2012
from UTC Power and expands commitment to reducing environmental impact
UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, today announced that CT TRANSIT, which currently operates five buses powered by UTC Power’s transportation fuel cells, will expand their commitment to reducing their environmental impact through the purchase of a PureCell® stationary fuel cell system for their headquarters on Leibert Road in Hartford, Conn. The fuel cell will provide 400 kilowatts (kW) of clean, reliable power to the 330,000 square-foot facility. Thermal energy from the fuel cell will be used to pre-heat two boilers that support the building’s primary heating system.
CT TRANSIT General Manager David Lee noted, “We are excited to add this cutting-edge fuel cell technology to provide onsite, local power generation in an extremely environmentally positive way. This will reduce our utility costs and improve the reliability of our electrical service.” Lee went on to say, “Our proven collaboration with UTC Power, demonstrated in the operation of five fuel cell transit buses, leaves us confident that this new investment in our fuel cell use will pay off, all the while supporting technology development and jobs in Connecticut.”
By generating power on-site with a fuel cell, CT TRANSIT will prevent the release of more than 827metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 191 acres of trees. The reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant are equal to the environmental benefit of removing more than 102 cars from the road. In addition to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the PureCell system will enable CT TRANSIT to save nearly 3.6 million gallons of water annually.
“CTTRANSIT will be the first UTC Power customer to use both our transportation and stationary products,” said Joe Triompo, VP and General Manager of UTC Power. “They have been a strong partner in the deployment of the PureMotion® system for buses, and we are pleased that they will now be gaining the efficiency and environmental benefits of using our PureCell system at their Hartford headquarters.”
This project is supported by a grant from the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program, also known as TIGGER. The program is run by the Federal Transit Administration. TIGGER is a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
UTC Power’s stationary fuel cell, the PureCell system, is a combined heat and power system that represents a game-changing technology. Compared to typical central generation and other fuel cell offerings, the PureCell system offers customers lower energy costs, reduced emissions, an industry-leading 90 percent system efficiency, 10-year cell stack durability and 20-year product life.
UTC Power is part of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), which provides energy-efficient products and services to the aerospace and building industries. UTC is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index each year since it was launched in 1999. Based in South Windsor, Conn., UTC Power is the world leader in developing and producing fuel cells that generate energy for buildings and for transportation, space and defense applications. UTC Power has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 300 stationary fuel cells in 19 countries on six continents.
CTTRANSIT is the state-owned bus transit system serving the greater Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britain, Meriden, Bristol and Wallingford areas.
Source: UTC Power