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Fuel Cell RFP Finalists Include Hospital, Bakery, State Park

Program Designed to Accelerate Fuel Cell Commercialization

(Hartford, Connecticut - March 13, 2002) – The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) today announced the finalists in an RFP program designed to stimulate the development and commercialization of fuel cell technology. The announcement, made during a press conference today at the State Capitol, marked the official kick-off of the five-year program. Each project selected will demonstrate the effectiveness of fuel cells as an energy source.

In attendance at the ceremony were representatives of the finalist organizations and their project partners, state and local legislators and representatives of the state’s fuel cell manufacturers.

“We have established a leadership role in the fuel cell industry,” said Arthur H. Diedrick, chairman of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. Three leading fuel cell manufacturers are based here, he added, currently providing the nation’s primary source for commercially viable fuel cells. “The fuel cells that powered NASA’s Apollo space ships were developed and built here, and we are relying on that same ingenuity to build on our position as the epicenter of fuel cell technology,” Diedrick said.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, established by the State Legislature to address global warming, environmental effects of emissions and the state’s energy needs, has placed a high priority on fuel cell technology. “This represents progressive and far-sighted legislation,” said Diedrick. “The events of September 11 dramatically reinforced the need to move toward energy independence.”

Connecticut is the first of the nation’s 14 deregulated states to launch a fuel cell initiative of this magnitude. The finalists, who will be making substantial financial contributions to their projects, were seeking funding through CCEF’s RFP Program, which has a 2002 project budget of approximately $8 million.

The projects — representing collaboration among private- and public-sector businesses in more than 20 Connecticut locations — were selected from 31 proposals. Each project awarded can potentially stimulate research, development and commercialization of this promising technology, while providing highly visible sites to demonstrate the use of reliable, environmentally friendly fuel cell energy generation.

“The projects have the potential to affect Connecticut’s citizens directly,” said Diedrick. “Saint Francis Hospital, the New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority and the Connecticut Department of Information Technology, to name a few, are projects that can directly and indirectly increase job creation in our state; raise clean, renewable energy awareness and reduce our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.”

The finalists represent three types of projects:
• Commercial Application Projects, which consist of the installation of commercially ready fuel cells in high value applications to showcase the benefits, feasibility and viability of its use.
• Demonstration Projects - Operational Performance, which consist of the installation of near-commercial fuel cell units to track performance and gather data to accelerate their commercialization.
• Demonstration Projects - Technological Improvements, to improve the efficiency or lower costs of fuel cells.

Fuel cells, which are clean, efficient and highly reliable power generating devices, have an added benefit — they produce only a small fraction of the emissions of traditional energy sources.

“Fuel cells are poised to become more mainstream than ever in Connecticut and nationwide. Evident from the finalist projects seen here at the press conference — fuel cells are ready to make the necessary transition from yesterday’s theory to today’s reality,” added Diedrick.

RFP finalists include:
(For a complete summary of each finalist, please visit

• Fuel cell research and development at Allen Engineering in Southbury.
• Fuel cell research and development at Ionomen Corporation in Marlborough.
• A fuel cell demonstration project at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill.
• A 50 mW fuel cell power plant, likely to be located at Iroquois Gas Transmission Company
in Fairfield County, used to power a compressor station as well as provide excess
Class One Renewable Power to the grid.
• A fuel cell, supplied by UTC Fuel Cells, to be installed at the State of
Connecticut Department of Information Technology data center in East Hartford.
• A fuel cell, supplied by UTC Fuel Cells, to be installed at Saint Francis Hospital
and Medical Center in Hartford.
• Two fuel cells, supplied by Fuel Cell Energy of Danbury, to be installed at the
Pepperidge Farm Bakery in Bloomfield.
• A fuel cell, supplied by UTC Fuel Cells, to be installed at the New Haven
Water Pollution Control Authority.

The proposals were evaluated by a team consisting of members of the CCEF professional staff; associates from Booz, Allen & Hamilton; independent outside consultants and associates from the Energy, Conservation and Load Management Fund.

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

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