Doosan Fuel Cell (Doosan) announced today that a PureCell® Model 400 fuel cell was selected by Connecticut Transit (CTtransit) to provide clean, on-site energy at its Hamden, Connecticut maintenance and storage facility. This will be the second Doosan fuel cell system to be utilized by the Connecticut Department of Transportation-owned bus service and is set to be installed later in the year.
The initial Doosan fuel cell, which went live August 2012 at the CTtransit Hartford facility, supplies 400 kilowatts (kW) of clean energy — an annual reduction of CO2 and NOx that equates to planting 127 acres of trees and removing 60 cars from the road. The second Doosan fuel cell will also supply electricity, heat and hot water to the Hamden facility, which serves as a base of operations for 135 buses on 22 routes that serve 17 cities and towns in the greater New Haven area. The facility also houses full-service maintenance shops and administrative and operations offices.
“Environmental sustainability is important to CTtransit,” says Michael Sanders, public transit administrator at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “We are committed to improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of our transportation system and pursuing projects such as this, our second fuel cell installation, to advance our local power generation in an environmentally positive way.”
The Doosan-CTtransit project is funded, in part, by the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program, a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) project initiated in 2009 to provide grants to public transportation agencies seeking to shrink greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
“CTtransit is empowering other communities through their example of embracing clean energy production,” says Ed Baker, senior project developer for Doosan. “More and more commercial and government-run buildings across America are becoming less dependent on their local energy grids and fuel cells are playing a major role in facilitating this independence.”