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Town of Colchester Now Home to 10 Megawatts of Bloom Energy Fuel Cells, Bringing Clean Energy to Community and Reducing Emissions

By October 28, 2021 3   min read  (511 words)

October 28, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, Town of Colchester Now Home to 10 Megawatts of Bloom Energy Fuel Cells, Bringing Clean Energy to Community and Reducing Emissions
  • Utility-scale installation of Bloom Energy Servers commences with opportunity to reduce town’s dependence on heating oil and aligns with the State of Connecticut’s clean energy goals

COLCHESTER, Conn. and SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Town of Colchester, Connecticut and Bloom Energy, a leading energy company, today announced the deployment of 10 megawatts of highly efficient fuel cells to help meet the clean energy needs of the community.

The Bloom Energy Servers will cut community carbon emissions by 3,850 tons per year and reduce smog-forming pollution and particulate matter by over 99 percent in comparison to current displaced grid alternatives.

Bloom Energy’s fuel flexible, solid oxide fuel cell technology produces electricity from natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen through an electrochemical process, without combustion, at one of the highest efficiencies of any power solution available in the world today.

This project aligns with the State of Connecticut’s efforts to increase clean and renewable energy sources. The Bloom Energy installation in Colchester was selected as part of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Clean Energy Request for Proposals. In addition to fuel cell adoption, other selected projects included offshore wind and anaerobic digestion.

Colchester, with its beautiful natural resources and plentiful outdoor activities, is a fitting home for a clean energy project, especially as the town has been named a “Community Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation. With the introduction of more clean and renewable energy technologies to the community, Colchester will have the ability to reduce dependence on heating oil, and thereby reduce its carbon footprint.

“We are environmental stewards of this land and of our planet,” said Mary Bylone, first selectman of the Town of Colchester. “Implementing clean energy solutions, such as Bloom Energy Servers, aligns with our dedication to our land, wildlife, and the future generations of our community.”

“We are focused on helping communities reduce emissions, build energy resilience, and meet their sustainability goals, through our distributed, always-on, non-combustion process of generating clean electricity,” said Kris Kim, vice president of global commercial operations, Bloom Energy. “We are proud to support the town of Colchester and the state of Connecticut in the pursuit of a clean energy future that will drive positive environmental impact and support the health of local citizens.”

The fuel cell installation is located at a local substation for targeted local power generation capacity.  This deployment in Colchester has been made possible through a long-term purchase agreement with energy providers Eversource and United Illuminating.

About Town of Colchester
The Town of Colchester, Connecticut was founded in 1698 and is located in New London County.  To learn more, please visit www.colchesterct.gov

About Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy’s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. Bloom Energy’s product, the Bloom Energy Server, delivers highly reliable and resilient, always-on electric power that is clean, cost-effective, and ideal for microgrid applications. Bloom Energy’s customers include many Fortune 100 companies and leaders in manufacturing, data centers, healthcare, retail, higher education, utilities, and other industries. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.

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