An end to emissions? Why hydrogen fuel-cells will revolutionise maritime
Nov 14, 2018 | Marine Propulsion
As potentially the cleanest of all power sources, hydrogen fuel-cell technology is under intense scrutiny in the world’s laboratories, writes Selwyn Parker. Norwegian maritime research group Sintef Ocean and Zurich-based ABB have launched a collaborative project exploring the potential of powering full-sized vessels with fuel-cell technology. The two companies will start work in Sintef’s laboratory in Trondheim, using its vessel simulator to test different combinations of diesel, battery and fuel cells under varying loads. If the science stands up, it could lead to an important breakthrough in propulsion. “Ultimately, any type of commercial or passenger ship could be driven by fuel cells,” say Sintef Ocean research manager for maritime energy systems Anders Valland.
Mercedes Launches Fuel Cell Hybrid For Customer Tests
Nov 13, 2018 | Forbes
Daimler's Mercedes took a step closer to bringing a fuel-cell hybrid to the market when it announced the handover of the GLC F-CELL vehicles to selected customers in Germany to test on the road. The GLC F-Cell features both fuel cells and a battery drive which can be charged externally using plug-in technology. The first customers include Deutsche Bahn, the German railways. Later this year Air Liquide, Shell, Linde AG and also the cities of Stuttgart and Hamburg will join the test. Other business as well as private customers in Germany will also be able to access the GLC F-CELL from the spring of 2019 using Mercedes-Benz Rent. Mercedes said the GLC F-CELL is a unique plug-in hybrid because it can run on electricity and pure hydrogen. The vehicle emits no CO2.
FuelCell Energy to Acquire 14.9 Megawatt Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy
Nov 5, 2018 | NASDAQ
DANBURY, Conn., Nov. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the existing 14.9 megawatt fuel cell park in Bridgeport, CT from Dominion Energy. FuelCell Energy developed, constructed and commissioned the Bridgeport fuel cell park in December of 2013. FuelCell Energy has operated and maintained the plant under a service agreement with Dominion Energy since it was commissioned. FuelCell Energy intends to own and operate the plant as part of its generation portfolio. The transaction is expected to: Add annual revenue in excess of $15 million per year; Deliver EBITDA margins in excess of 50%, and Be accretive to FuelCell Energy's earnings per share.
ProGen-Powered FedEx operates more than 10,000 miles on-road
Nov 1, 2018 | PlugPower
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCV) continue to see increased attention year over year as a promising solution to replace internal combustion engines in goods movement and other energy intensive applications. On October 11, 2018 Plug Power’s Director of Mechanical Design – Larry Pitts – and FedEx’s Project Engineering Specialist – Phillip Galbach – appeared together on an ACTNews webinar, titled “Delivering on the Promise for Zero-Emission Goods Movement,“ to discuss the latest fuel cell-powered on-road vehicle delivering packages in the Albany, NY area. The speakers had great information to share – but we still have more! Today, we are taking the opportunity to share information not covered on the webinar, which includes the results of the program to-date. Plug Power delivered the first ProGen-powered delivery van to FedEx at the start of 2018 – and by May, the vehicle had already covered 3,000 on-road miles. The ProGen-powered electric delivery van is one of the first of its kind to operate in a standard commercial environment and deployed on a standard delivery route for FedEx.
FuelCell Energy Enters into Power Purchase Agreement for 7.4 MW Fuel Cell Project in Connecticut’s State Capital
Nov 1, 2018 | NASDAQ
DANBURY, Conn., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced the signing of long-term power purchase agreements ("PPA") with the local distribution utilities. The PPAs will cover a 7.4 megawatt fuel cell project in the city of Hartford that was one of the projects awarded in June 2018 by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ("DEEP") in a competitive solicitation. The fuel cell project will provide infrastructure investment in the city of Hartford, which is expected to drive local economic development and environmental improvement through state sales tax and the local property taxes generated, as well as create and maintain high-tech manufacturing and construction jobs in Connecticut.
Ballard Power Systems fuel cell modules to power yard trucks at Port of L.A.
Oct 18, 2018 | Gasworld
Ballard Power Systems will provide fuel cell modules to power two port terminal yard trucks as part of a project being managed by GTI and partially funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB has preliminarily awarded $5.7m to GTI for the Zero Emissions for California Ports (ZECAP) Project. The ZECAP Project will validate the commercial viability of zero-emission fuel cell electric hybrid yard trucks operating in a demanding, real-world cargo-handling application. The ZECAP Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The project will develop, validate, and deploy two Capacity TJ9000 fuel cell electric hybrid yard trucks at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The yard trucks will be operated by TraPac, the container terminal and stevedore operator at the port.
Driving to a Hydrogen Future
Oct 17, 2018 | USDOE
Aptly named for the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day took place earlier this month (10/08). The Energy Department, industry organizations, National Labs, and state and federal government agencies celebrated with a variety of communications activities and outreach events around the world. Here at DOE, we celebrated by hosting a ride and drive with two of the world’s very first commercially available fuel cell cars, one of which I had the pleasure of driving. I learned firsthand that driving a fuel cell car is exactly the same as driving a traditional car. Get in, fasten your seat belt, push the start button, and step on the (gas) pedal! The only difference is that a fuel cell car has no ignition and uses hydrogen instead of gasoline, but is powered by a chemical reaction that produces only water and heat as byproducts. Fuel cell cars refuel in minutes at hydrogen stations and have a range of more than 300 miles.
The energy of tomorrow coming to your city today: SARTA rolls out unique Borrow a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus program
Oct 8, 2018 | EIN News
CANTON, OHIO, UNITED STATES, October 8, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Kirt Conrad, CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), believes hydrogen fuel cells (HFC) are the future of automotive, commercial, and public transportation. In fact, he believes it so much he’s willing to lend any transit agency in the country one of SARTA’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses for free. All an agency has to do to is call and ask. The Central Midlands Transit Authority in Columbia, South Carolina will be the first agency to borrow a bus. According to Mr. Conrad, the free program is being supported by El Dorado National, one of the leading bus manufactures in the U.S. and BAE which makes the propulsion system that drives SARTA’s fuel cell buses. The companies will provide free technical support and fuel for the vehicles while on loan.
Fuel cells combined with wind, solar are the next clean energy tech
Oct 4, 2018 | Cleveland
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Wind and solar farms are generating clean power at lower and lower prices, but not always when it is needed. Fuel cells, which generate electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, could change that equation, says a University of California researcher, eliminating the need for large coal and nuclear power plants and leading to a zero-emissions electric grid. Jack Brouwer, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at University of California-Irvine, made the claim to a group of fuel cell manufacturers gathered Wednesday at Stark State College for the 18th annual Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium. It's an old idea, but one that looks increasingly promising because the costs of all three technologies (wind, solar and fuel cells) have steadily declined, leading to a glut of power at certain times of the day and not enough at other times. The imbalance occurs seasonally, too, said Brouwer.
Bosch Pursues Electric, Fuel-Cell Powertrains
Sep 20, 2018 | Transport Topics
HANOVER, Germany — Bosch presented a range of products and innovations to support the trucking industry’s movement toward vehicle electrification and automated driving here at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show. The global automotive supplier introduced an electrified axle for semi-trailers, highlighted its investment in battery-electric and fuel-cell technology for commercial vehicles and outlined its vision for “hub-to-hub” autonomous trucks in the United States. "The road freight of the future should ideally be as free of emissions, accidents and stress as possible. To achieve this, we have to increasingly electrify, automate and connect it,” Rolf Bulander, a Bosch board member and chairman of its mobility solutions business, said during the company’s IAA press conference on Sept. 19.
Ballard Unveils Next Generation Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Stack for Heavy Duty Motive Market
Sep 19, 2018 | PR Newswire
VANCOUVER and HANNOVER, Germany, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ :BLDP ;TSX :BLDP ) today unveiled its next-generation high performance liquid-cooled fuel cell stack, the FCgen®-LCS, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Trade Fair and Convention being held this week in Hannover, Germany. The FCgen®-LCS features important design and performance enhancements, while also offering an impressive reduction in total-cost-of-ownership. This stack will be a core technology component of Ballard's 8th-generation power module portfolio for use in Heavy Duty Motive applications – including buses, commercial trucks and trains – planned for initial launch in 2019, and other applications such as forklifts. Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO said, "We are laser focused on strengthening the customer value proposition in Heavy Duty Motive. With the unveiling of the FCgen®-LCS, we are once again raising the bar in the industry.
FuelCell Energy Celebrates 8 Million MWH of Clean Power Generation
Sep 19, 2018 | NASDAQ
DANBURY, Conn., Sept. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced reaching a significant clean power generation milestone with a total of more than eight million megawatt hours having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation. SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility companies from around the world that recognize the benefit of clean, continuous power. FuelCell Energy is a global leader committed to environmentally responsible power solutions.
Plug Power, RPI get $2 million to develop robots
Sep 12, 2018 | Albany Times Union
Fuel cell maker Plug Power and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working together on a $2 million grant to create robots that will refuel hydrogen fuel cells on their own. The grant is part of a larger collaboration between RPI and Plug Power to develop autonomous fueling technologies that can be used with Plug Power's fuel cells used in warehouse fork lift trucks - and also in on-road vehicles in the future. "Today, the technology can retrofit existing GenFuel sites supporting the more than 20,000 GenDrive fuel cells in the field," said Dustan Skidmore, Plug Power's vice president of engineering. "In the future, the technology can be used in on-road fleet vehicles, autonomous guided vehicles, and self-driving passenger cars." One of the key competitive advantages that fuel cells have over traditional batteries used in fork lift trucks is that they can be quickly refueled by the operator - compared to a more lengthy process of changing out a spent battery.
Plug Power teams up with Rensselaer Polytechnic engineers on hydrogen refueling project
Sep 7, 2018 | Albany Business Review
A team of engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is working with Plug Power in Latham, New York, to reduce the time it takes to refill hydrogen fuel cells. The fuel cell manufacturer is among several companies throughout the state looking to improve products and become more efficient by working with Rensselaer's Center for Automation Technologies & Systems. Rensselaer researchers also are involved in automation and composite manufacturing projects with General Electric, Vistex Composites of Schenectady and Tire Conversion Technologies of Latham. "We focus on improving parts and processes, helping companies find their product niche and helping companies automate when they can't get workers or skills they need to compete," said Dan Walczyk, director of the Center for Automation Technologies. The center is located on the private engineering school's campus in Troy. It has been designated as one of 15 New York state centers for automation since 1989 and receives a little under $1 million a year in state funding to help manufacturers develop products and drive down costs.
Doosan Eyeing Fuel Cell Powerpacks for Drones as Its Future Growth Engine Item
Sep 7, 2018 | Business Korea
Doosan Corp. has chosen fuel cell powerpacks for drones as one of its three future growth engine items. The other two are collaborative robots, a new type of robot used for building smart factories, and elecfoil, a key material for electric car batteries. On September 6, the company announced it would enter the drone fuel cell powerpack business on a full scale. It exhibited its own fuel cell products for drones for the first time at the 2018 Inter Drone Exhibition in Las Vegas, the U.S. on September 5-7. Doosan established Doosan Mobility Innovation in 2016 and has developed a fuel cell powerpack for drones through its own technology. The fuel cell powerpack is a collection of cells that generate electricity through electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Doosan's new product is easy to use and boasts high fuel efficiency. The quick-coupler allows anyone to easily install the hydrogen tank to the powerpack. The company developed ultralight hydrogen tanks by optimizing the design of carbon fiber winding for use in mobile fuel cell powerpack.
FuelCell Energy Sells Project to AEP
Aug 30, 2018 | Marketwatch
FuelCell Energy, Inc. FCEL, +0.00% a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced that it has sold the project company that owns the 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant located at Trinity College in Connecticut, to AEP OnSite Partners, an American Electric Power AEP, -0.57% company. This project has been developed and constructed by FuelCell Energy and will be placed into commercial operation following the sale. The project company, under the new ownership of AEP OnSite Partners, will deliver clean power and heat to Trinity College under a multi-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The sale of this project company and its assets to AEP OnSite Partners will result in revenue recognition of product sales from FuelCell Energy's generation project assets portfolio in August. FuelCell Energy will operate and maintain the power plant under a fifteen-year service agreement with AEP OnSite Partners, resulting in recurring revenue recognition over the term.
Mercedes shows futuristic concept camper vans with fuel cells and smart home tech
Aug 24, 2018 | New Atlas
While Volkswagen is keeping things focused on all things California (and Grand California) at this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, the other big name in German vans will be showcasing a bit of everything. Mercedes-Benz will bring some of the latest trends in automotive technology over to the camper van side, highlighting fuel cell power and connected convenience in a trio of concept camper vans. On the more "here and now" side, it will also highlight some of the camper van-friendly features of the all-new Sprinter. Mercedes briefly mentioned work on the Concept Sprinter F-Cell earlier this summer (Northern Hemisphere), and it will provide a more proper introduction in Düsseldorf. When developing the new hydrogen-powered concept motorhome, Mercedes-Benz Vans adapted the fuel cell powertrain of last year's GLC F-Cell concept, giving the van 198 hp and 258 lb-ft of near-silent electric motor output. Hydrogen is stored in three underbody tanks offering up to 186 miles (300 km) of range, and an available rear add-on tank ups that total to 311 miles (500 km). The plug-in hybrid set-up allows for an additional 19 (30 km) of battery electric power.
Bosch acquires stake in fuel cell expert Ceres Power
Aug 22, 2018 | EE News Europe
With a strategic cooperation with Ceres Power (Horsham / United Kingdom), coupled with a financial stake in that company, Bosch is driving the development of fuel cells for new energy systems. Together with Ceres, Bosch intends to further develop solid oxide fuel cell technology (SOFC) for use in small urban power plants. Bosch has signed a cooperation and license agreement with Ceres for technology development and the establishment of a small-series production facility at Bosch. At the same time, the Stuttgart-based company bought a 4 percent stake in the British company. Ceres Power is considered a leader in the development of innovative next-generation solid oxide fuel cell technology. Ceres' goal is to industrialize this technology through volume production with partners and to use it for networked and decentralized energy generation. SOFC systems are to be used in cities, factories, data centers or for operating charging stations for electric vehicles.
Plug Power CEO's strategy to increase production up to 20,000 fuel cells per year
Aug 17, 2018 | Albany Business Review
Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh said expanding into a new warehouse in Saratoga County will let the company increase fuel cell production rates up to 20,000 units per year — a 30 percent increase compared to the current numbers. The move will reduce manufacturing costs and improve product margins. "It's the sales end that's growing, as well as how we make our operations more efficient so we can become profitable," Marsh told the Albany Business Review on Friday. The 38,400-square-foot warehouse, at 620 Van Patten Dr. in Clifton Park, is off of I-87 at exit 10, about 15 minutes north of Plug Power's headquarters in Latham. The company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building on Friday with U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko, Chairman George McNamee and 40 others from the community.
Plug Power CEO named to US DOE committee
Aug 15, 2018 | Gasworld
Plug Power’s CEO Andy Marsh has been named to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). The HTAC was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on the DOE’s hydrogen (H2) research and development goals, strategies, and activities. Comprised of 19 business and academic leaders in the field of H2 and fuel cells, the HTAC meets twice a year to discuss the advancement of H2 technology. Marsh (left) will serve as a representative of companies pursuing H2 and fuel cells for transportation and stationary power applications. In his role as committee member, Marsh will look to advise on practical, current uses of H2 as an efficient, cost-effective alternative energy source, as well as the potential for future innovations.
Secretary Perry Announces $38 Million in New Projects to Support Innovative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
Aug 14, 2018 | USDOE
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the selection of 28 projects totaling $38 million to support early-stage research and development of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The Secretary is in Golden, Colorado touring the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "As an energy carrier, hydrogen can help unite all of our nation’s abundant fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy resources," said Secretary Perry. "It is part of the Department’s diverse energy portfolio focused on providing affordable, reliable energy to American families and businesses." This work also supports the DOE’s H2 @Scale initiative to produce and use hydrogen across multiple energy sectors. Selections for this investment focus on key early-stage technical challenges related to non-precious metal catalysts, fuel cell membranes, reversible fuel cells, and electrolyzers to produce hydrogen, as well as innovative concepts to improve efficiency and lower costs of hydrogen vehicle refueling infrastructure.
Construction Begins on 7.4-MW Fuel Cell Park at Naval Submarine Base New London
Aug 10, 2018 | Microgrid Knowledge
Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC), the US Navy and FuelCell Energy are setting the keystone of a microgrid that will enhance energy services at Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) in Groton, Connecticut. The project partners recently broke ground for a 7.4 MW fuel cell park on unused Navy land at SUBASE. The project’s completion will mark another milestone in SUBASE’s plans to deploy a microgrid capable of reducing energy consumption, costs and environmental impacts while at the same time enhancing energy reliability and resiliency at the base, home to the US fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and submariners. Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy will build, own and operate the fuel cell park, delivering electricity to wholesale supplier CMEEC under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). CMEEC’s customer’s include Groton Utilities, which in turn serves SUBASE.
Australia, Japan Developing Hydrogen Export Industry
July 31, 2018 | The Maritime Executive
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced A$1.5 million ($1.1 million) to fund Australia’s first green hydrogen innovation hub at Jandakot in Western Australia. In Jandakot, ATCO will trial the production, storage and use of renewable hydrogen to energize a commercial-scale microgrid. Green hydrogen will be produced from on-site solar using electrolysis, fueling a range of gas appliances and blending hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline. The $3.3 million ($2.5 million) development project will also evaluate the potential for renewable hydrogen to be exported at a larger scale. As a low carbon energy source, the use of hydrogen as a fuel is seen as a potential solution to environmental problems caused by greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion. Only water is discharged at the time of power generation, and it can be manufactured from many different feedstocks including fossil fuels and water.
ABB and Ballard Power Systems to develop fuel cell power system for ships
July 30, 2018 | Electrical Business
July 30, 2018 — ABB and Ballard Power Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developing the next-generation fuel cell power system for sustainable marine e-mobility. The fuel cell power system will be jointly designed, developed and validated by ABB and Ballard Power Systems. The two companies will leverage the existing kW-scale fuel cell technologies and optimize them to create a MW-scale solution suitable for powering larger ships. With an electrical generating capacity of 3MW, the new system will fit within a single module no bigger than a traditional marine engine running on fossil fuels. Fuel cell systems can have various applications for vessels, such as providing power for a ship’s hotel operations during the time of docking, or for powering the propulsion when ships are at sea. During the initial phase, the collaboration will focus on the development of fuel cell power systems for passenger vessels.
Toyota plans to expand production, shrink cost of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
July 26, 2018 | Reuters
TOYOTA CITY (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is doubling down on its investment in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, designing lower-cost, mass-market passenger cars and SUVs and pushing the technology into buses and trucks to build economies of scale. As Toyota cranks up improvements for the next generation of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV), expected in the early 2020s, it is hoping it can prove wrong rival automakers and industry experts who have mostly dismissed such plans as commercially unviable. The maker of the Prius, the world’s first mass-produced “eco-friendly” gasoline-hybrid car in the 1990s, says it can popularize FCVs in part by making them cheaper.
FuelCell Energy to add over 100 manufacturing jobs at Connecticut facility
July 18, 2018 | Proactive Investors
FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:FCEL) announced Wednesday that it is planning to add more than 100 manufacturing jobs as it increases annual production to 55 megawatts from the current 25 megawatts run rate. The Danbury, Connecticut-based company said it will add over 100 manufacturing jobs at its Torrington, Connecticut, manufacturing facility to support the 120% increase in production rate. FuelCell Energy designs, installs, services and operates fuel cell power plants for power generation. Investors sent shares up nearly 4% in premarket trade on news. In the opening minutes of trading, the stock is slightly higher to $US1.34. Last year, FuelCell undertook the expansion of its manufacturing facility to better position for growth after winning two projects totaling 22.2 megawatts from Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Plug Power would supply Amazon facility in Schodack
July 12, 2018 | Times Union
Latham-based Plug Power is one of the companies that would benefit if Amazon moves forward with plans to build a massive distribution center in Schodack. Plans for the $100 million project show that the facility will use forklift trucks that use Plug Power's hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Just over a year ago, Plug Power signed a $600 million deal with Amazon to supply the company with fuel cells for the forklift trucks at its facilities. Amazon also received warrants to purchase a stake in Plug Power over time. The deal was expected to generate $70 million in revenue for Plug Power in 2017 alone.
Ballard-Powered El Dorado Fuel Cell Electric Buses Ready to Deliver Zero-Emission Transit Throughout California
July 17, 2018 | FuelCellsWorks
VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA and ALTOONA, PA, USA -- Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that El Dorado National fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs), powered by Ballard FCveloCity®-HD modules, have successfully completed rigorous testing at The Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center under a program established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Furthermore, El Dorado National FCEBs are now eligible for a $300,000 voucher incentive under the California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and HVIP are focused on accelerating the purchase of cleaner, more efficient trucks and buses in California.
Gov. Malloy: Data Center On Stanley Works Site Could Create 2,500 Jobs
July 2, 2018 | Hartford Courant
The high-speed data center planned for a long-closed hardware factory will be part of a $1 billion project creating as many as 2,500 jobs, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday. At a press conference between two cavernous and vacant Stanley Black & Decker buildings, Malloy said the so-called energy and technology park will be a huge boost for the city. "This project represents a new beginning for New Britain," Malloy said. "We're going to have thousands of jobs on this site in the not-too-distant future." Mayor Erin Stewart predicted the data center and nearby fuel cell complex will become New Britain’s biggest taxpayers. “Welcome to the new Hardware City — that is what this is,” Stewart told dozens of business and political leaders.
New Britain’s Stanley, Black & Decker Plant To Become Fuel Cell Park
July 2, 2018 | WSHU
The old Stanley, Black & Decker factories in downtown New Britain, Connecticut, are getting a green makeover into a high-speed data processing center. Governor Malloy visited the site of the future Energy and Innovation Park on Monday. “We’re going to have thousands of jobs on this site in the not so distant future,” Malloy said. Stanley, Black & Decker officials say data storage needs will quintuple in the next five years and this facility will help house that data. Malloy says the renovation will transform the former manufacturing site into a $1 billion energy efficient facility that will also house 44 fuel cells. Those are clean energy batteries the size of semi-trucks.