Fuel cell industry, state seek common ground on funding decisions

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Fuel cell industry, state seek common ground on funding decisions

(CT Post, 2/12/17)

The future of fuel cell power in Connecticut may be brighter than its past and present.

In an industry that has lagged behind its clean-power cousins in terms of recognition, fuel cells are poised to be a strong player in the power market in the years to come.

“Fuel cell energy is 95 to 97 percent available. Solar is available 12 to 15 percent of the time,” Joel Rinebold, director of energy initiatives with Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, said. “If you buy kilowatt-hours from fuel cells, it will be there when you need it. It’s extraordinarily reliable.”

Last year had ups and down for fuel cell companies in Connecticut, a state considered to be on the frontlines of the technology. Fuel cell plants, using ambient air and a hydrogen-rich fuel such as natural gas, create electricity and heat through an electrochemical reaction without producing noxious emissions.

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