NAUGATUCK-- The Borough of Naugatuck recently celebrated the recent installation of three, 460-kilowatt PureCell fuel cells for its Naugatuck Waste Water Treatment Plant at 500 Cherry St. Ext.
Fuel cells work by stripping the hydrocarbons out of the natural gas and combining hydrogen with oxygen to produce energy. The only emission is water. The three fuel cells can generate up to 12,089 megawatt hours per year.
The facility is the first customer to sign a 20-year energy supply and services agreement with Doosan Fuel Cell America of South Windsor.
The deal is expected to save the borough $150,000 a year in energy costs and the borough will by 12,000 megawatt hour of energy per year.
Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are, from left: Adam Burkitt, managing partner of Advanced Energy Efficiencies; Paul Zohorsky, vice president of operations and business process improvement for Eversource; Mayor Pete Hess; Ron Pugliese, CEO of the Naugatuck Economic Development Corp.; Farzin Kiani, vice president of business development for Veolia North America; Michael Coskun, general manager of sales and business development with Doosan; Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, and Courtney Ligi, director of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess said, “By converting our energy supply here at the water treatment plant from the electric grid to distributed energy that is more reliable, cleaner, and less expensive, we are doing the smart thing for today and the next generation of our clean water ratepayers,”
The borough will pay 6.17 cents per kilowatt hour the first year, the contract states. After the first year, the price is guaranteed to be 1.5 cents less than the current rate charged by local utility providers.
According to the contract, Doosan pays for all the upfront costs, including equipment, installation, natural gas and service.