Conn. manufacturer building fuel cell plant
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut fuel cell manufacturer and Bridgeport officials are looking to strike a deal for a power plant that would be the biggest in the world to be run by a fuel cell.
The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/U7LNvj) that FuelCell Energy Inc. and Bridgeport city officials are planning a 15-megawatt project. That would be enough electricity to power 15,000 homes.
The plan calls for the Danbury-based FuelCell Energy to lease property nearly free for 75 years, but pay $175,000 per acre. For the next 17 years, FuelCell Energy also will pay Bridgeport $250,000 a year in taxes.
Fuel cells produce electricity in a reaction between oxygen and hydrogen. It’s considered clean energy because the byproduct is water vapor.
Work would begin early next year and the plant would start operating by spring.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com