Officials last week held a groundbreaking at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., for a 7.4-megawatt fuel cell park adjacent to the base’s power substation, part of an effort to improve the installation’s energy resiliency and cut its energy costs. Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy will sell the power generated by the fuel cells to the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, which oversees the local grid and has entered into a 20-year purchase power agreement with the Navy, reports the Day. The fuel cell park will meet a majority of the daily needs of the base, with any excess power being exported to the Groton Utilities distribution system, according to a press release.
“It is designed to compete with the grid, and be better than grid power, but it’s also about resiliency and the reliability of having power locally on base,” said Tony Rauseo, senior vice president and COO of FuelCell Energy, which is designing, manufacturing and overseeing the installation of the fuel cell park.
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