Department of Energy names Bridgeport leader in fuel cell technology


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– A recent U.S. Department of Energy report highlights Bridgeport as a leader in fuel cell usage, powering thousands of homes.

Due to the absence of combustion, fuel cells emit virtually no pollutants, such as the harmful products that create smog, acid rain, and aggravate asthma. The carbon footprint is also low.

“In Bridgeport, we’re making smart investments in the future by creating green jobs, and investing in clean energy that ensure our kids can breathe easier,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch in a press release. “Fuel cells play a vital role in my vision for our city’s future. We’re serving as a national leader on this front. We’re home to North America’s largest fuel cell, which power 15,000 homes with clean energy. And, soon we’ll be home to two new fuel cells. In the future, we’ll be generating enough clean energy from fuel cells to power up to 19,000 homes.”

That largest fuel cell is the Bridgeport Dominion Fuel Cell. Bridgeport plans to start construction on another fuel cell in 2015. The University of Bridgeport is also looking to install a fuel cell on its campus.

San Diego and San Jose, Calif. are two other leading cities in fuel cell technology in the country.

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