Connecticut’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Creates Jobs While Providing Clean Energy
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – October 6, 2017 – National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day raises awareness on the benefits fuel cells and hydrogen technologies provide in generating reliable and resilient power, improving the environment by reducing nitrogen oxide emissions and greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing America’s energy security.
The Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition celebrates National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day on October 8 (10.08), a reference to the atomic weight of hydrogen – 1.008. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy officially recognized October 8, 2017 as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the State of Connecticut.
“The Coalition is proud to join with other companies and organizations around the country in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day,” said Joel M. Rinebold, director of energy at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). “The hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the state and the Northeast region is making its mark on America’s highways, businesses, universities, and public institutions by providing sustainable, affordable and resilient power.”
Robert Klee, Commissioner, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, this week attended a meeting of the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition at CCAT.
“Our state energy policy supports advanced technology that is cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable,” Commissioner Klee said. “Hydrogen fuel cell technology supports these values. In addition, fuel cells are a state based industry, providing local jobs and revenue to our towns and cities.”
The hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the Northeast region experienced growth over the last five years based on several factors such as employment, revenue and investment, labor income, and state and local tax revenue. The IMPLAN economic analysis also found that the economic impact of Connecticut’s hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain was significant, contributing nearly $601 million in revenue and investment, more than 2,800 direct, indirect and induced jobs, and approximately $286 million in labor income. The study projected annual state and local tax revenues stemming from the State’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry was in excess of $31 million.
Hydrogen and fuel cell technology provides an opportunity for Connecticut and the region to more fully use its renewable energy industry with hydrogen and fuel cells for transportation, energy storage, and use at consumer sites. Such use could make the region a showcase for renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions as new jobs are created. This configuration will also increase local end user reliability which is of high value for businesses and industry.
“There is an impressive and growing list of customers installing fuel cells for stationary applications,” said Frank Wolak, Chair of the Coalition and Vice President at FuelCell Energy. “The fuel cells that we manufacture here in the state are exported throughout the world. This industry provides jobs and other economic benefits to the residents of the state.”
Hydrogen and fuel cell technology for transportation is also getting a major boost in the state with the completion of two, publically accessible hydrogen fueling stations in Hartford and Wallingford. These hydrogen stations will be able to provide hydrogen fuel for hundreds of zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles. As demand for zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles grows, more stations will be developed throughout the state. The use of zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles will reduce air pollutants in urban areas and add to the Connecticut economy.
For more information on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, please visit www.hydrogenandfuelcellday.org.
About the Coalition
The Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition, administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, is comprised of representatives from Connecticut’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry, labor, academia, government, and other stakeholders. CCAT and the Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition work to enhance economic growth in Connecticut through the development, manufacture, and deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and associated fueling systems. The CHFCC is supported by the State of Connecticut, CCAT, and its members.
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter – @CCATInc.