Connecticut Loans $4 Million to FuelCell Energy for Expansion

January 28, 2008

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell has announced that the state will provide a $4 million loan to FuelCell Energy Inc. to expand its plant in Torrington, about 30 miles east of Hartford. The $10 million project is expected to provide 100 jobs and help the state achieve its "Energy Vision for a Cleaner, Greener State." That vision calls for 20 percent of all the energy used and sold in the state to come from clean or renewable resources by 2020.

Fuel cells use hydrogen to produce electricity, with only water and heat as byproducts. They produce ultra-clean energy with greater efficiency and lower environmental emissions than traditional energy sources.

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy, which manufactures fuel cell power plants, plans to enlarge and update the Torrington facility to keep pace with anticipated demand. The expansion will include purchasing capital equipment, improving buildings, enlarging FuelCell Energy’s work force over a 3-year period, and extending its facility lease through 2015.

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Connecticut Development Authority (CDA) are each contributing funds to provide the $4 million loan for the project.

"This project is right for Connecticut, right for our economy and right for our energy needs," Governor Rell said. "We will be adding 100 jobs to our economy, bolstering a Connecticut company that is making strides to decrease our dependence on foreign fossil fuels and enhancing our position in an important industry. Connecticut is a pioneer in fuel cell technology and this project will help ensure we continue to be a leading innovator in this high-tech sector."

FuelCell Energy has manufactured power plants that use a variety of fuels, including renewable wastewater gas, biogas from beer and food processing, natural gas, and other hydrocarbon fuels. The company receives funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and other government agencies for developing new technologies such as hybrid fuel cell/turbine generators and solid oxide fuel cells.

For more information, see the governor's January 16 press release.

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