Fuel cells power school

Six PC25 fuel cell power plants manufactured by International Fuel Cells (IFC) will power the world’s largest fuel cell installation to be built in Connecticut, in the US.

Six PC25 fuel cell power plants manufactured by International Fuel Cells (IFC), a division of United Technologies, will power the world’s largest fuel cell installation to be built in Connecticut, in the US. The PC25 units, which each produce 200 kilowatts of electricity and 900,000 Btus of heat, will provide primary power to the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, CT.

IFC is working with Select Energy, the energy marketing and services subsidiary of Northeast Utilities and NU affiliate subsidiaries Select-HEC and Northeast Generation Services Company on the project for the Connecticut Department of Public Works.

While a traditional generating system produces as much as 25 pounds of pollutants to generate 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, the PC25 power plant using natural gas as a fuel, produces less than an ounce.

Last month, International Fuel Cells and Buderus Heiztechnik announced that Buderus would market the IFC fuel cell system in Europe. The two expect to test initial units starting in 2003.