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UTC Power Delivers Fuel Cell for New Connecticut Science Center

The hydrogen fuel cell is lifted from the transportation platform and placed alongside the Connecticut Science Center

The hydrogen fuel cell is lifted from the transportation platform and placed alongside the Connecticut Science Center

The first step towards becoming the nation’s FIRST science center or museum to use a hydrogen fuel cell to provide the majority of its power needs was taken today.

A 200kw UTC Power hydrogen fuel cell was “planted” on the south side of the Science Center.

Once the two month installation process is completed, clean energy will be supplied onsite, reducing the carbon footprint of the cutting-edge Science Center even further.

Over the course of the year the net result of the power produced by the fuel cell and what the Science Center needs in terms of power will equal out, eliminating dependence on the power supply grid system.

The 200-kilowatt fuel cell, built by UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. business based in South Windsor, will generate 100 percent of the electricity the science center uses.

The fuel cell also will have an educational component. It will be covered by a permanent graphic wrap, like the tarp covering the cell above, showing how it works. “We’re trying to raise public awareness so people can understand what fuel cells are,” said Peg Hashem, a spokeswoman for UTC Power.

UTC fuel cells power buildings, cars and buses. Also, UTC fuel cells have provided power and drinking water on U.S. manned space flights since 1966, company officials said.

October 5, 2009 - 12:47 PM