Connecticut joins the nation in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on Oct. 8 to raise awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies that provide reliable and resilient power, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase America’s energy security.
“We are proud of the contribution Connecticut has made to the state’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry,” said Robert Klee, commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “Connecticut supports the industry with programs for cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy. This technology is used for grid support, combined heat and power, zero emission vehicles, and ultra-clean generation for Connecticut’s Microgrid Program. We believe this high-tech industry is poised for substantial growth.”
Connecticut has a significant share of the U.S. hydrogen and fuel cell industry. More than 600 supply chain companies, including eight original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), are based in the state and are part of the increasing hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the Northeast region.
“Connecticut is committed to reducing harmful carbon emissions linked to climate change in a manner that builds the state's economy and creates jobs for the future,” stated Joel Rinebold, director of energy initiatives, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. “Hydrogen and fuel cell technology will help us meet this goal.”
Hydrogen can be produced from readily available U.S. resources such as municipal solid waste, biomass, wind, solar, tidal, wave, and geothermal. Fuel cells combine hydrogen and hydrogen-rich fuels without combustion to generate electricity in a way that is clean, efficient and compatible with community concerns.
“The fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry has expanded tremendously since its start with the United States space program. Today, more than 100,000 fuel cell systems are in operation generating clean power for vehicles, forklifts, utilities, businesses, homes, and more,” said Morry Markowitz, president of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association.
The U.S. Senate officially designated October 8 as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. For more information about National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, go to www.fchea.org/h2fcday.
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that leads and inspires innovation through state, regional, and national partnerships in advanced manufacturing technology, IT, education, workforce strategies, and energy solutions. To learn more about CCAT, visit www.ccat.us, or follow the company on Twitter - @CCATInc