Fuel cell CHP to power school and microgrid

A fuel cell-based combined heat and power (CHP) plant was commissioned this week at a secondary school in the US state of Connecticut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony (pictured).

The 2.2 MW plant, designed by FuelCell Energy and located at Amity Regional High School in the town of Woodbridge, will provide power, heat and hot water for the school.

The plant will also be the sole power source for the town microgrid, which provides grid power under normal operation and powers municipal buildings in the event of a grid outage, including the school, town hall, library, fire station, police station, public works facility and a senior centre, which doubles as an emergency centre.

The project was part-funded by a $3m grant from the state and was developed by local utility United Illuminating under a state requirement to develop 10 MW of renewable power installations. 

Dr Charles Dumais, Amity school district superintendent, said: 'We view this project as a triple win including clean power for the community, reduced financial impact on the district and educational opportunities for our students.' 




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