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Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Announces 2003 Fuel Cell Request for Proposals

January 7, 2004
Following on its first two successful fuel cell solicitations, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) has released its third annual Request for Proposals (RFP) for near-commercial fuel cell demonstration projects. The CCEF has allocated up to $4 million for the 2003 RFP. This year’s solicitation seeks notable fuel cell demonstration projects that advance the state of technology and accelerate the pace of commercialization of fuel cells.

“Fuel cells continue to be a fundamental piece of the renewable picture in Connecticut” says Arthur H. Diedrick, CCEF Chairman. “The importance of fuel cells as a clean, reliable distributed energy source was underscored by this summer’s massive blackout. While all the lights were out in New York City, the Central Park police station continued to function because it is independently powered by a fuel cell.” adds Diedrick.

Around the world, exciting new developments are being made in fuel cell technology. Through its 2003 RFP, CCEF intends to provide an opportunity for these promising technologies to be demonstrated and tested here in the state. Showcasing these next generation fuel cell products in Connecticut adds to the state’s already vibrant fuel cell industry.

CCEF’s fuel cell program has been instrumental in the installation of several fuel cells operating at locations throughout Connecticut. These units are producing 850,000 watts of clean, reliable power at Saint Francis Hospital, Yale University, New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority and South Windsor High School. The energy produced by these fuel cell projects is enough to power more than 750 average homes.

According to Karen Mendes, a project manager with the fund, a pre-submission information session will be held on January 20, 2004 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell. The application deadline for round 1 proposals is February 5 at 3 p.m. The RFP is available at the CCEF Web site @ www.ctcleanenergy.com.

The Clean Energy Fund invests in enterprises and other initiatives that promote and develop sustainable markets for energy from renewables and fuel cells that will benefit Connecticut ratepayers. The fund is managed by Connecticut Innovations.

Karen Mendes
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