Connecticut council approves 63-MW Beacon Falls fuel cell project

The Connecticut Siting Council sent a Jan. 11 letter to Beacon Falls Energy Park LLC saying that the council on Jan. 7 approved a 63.3-MW fuel cell project.

In August 2015, the company requested that the council issue a declaratory ruling for the location, construction, operation and maintenance of a 63.3-MW fuel cell project and associated ground equipment, an ancillary building and a 115-kV interconnection located on about eight acres of a former sand and gravel mine along Lopus Road in Beacon Falls, Connecticut. The company would install the fuel cells over a two-year period beginning in mid 2016.

The project would interconnect at the Beacon Falls Substation of Eversource, which is located about a half mile northwest of the fuel cell project site. Natural gas as feedstock for the fuel cells would be provided by a new 8-inch-diameter gas line.

Beacon Falls Energy Park LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of O&G Industries Inc. The project consists of:

  • Five FCE HEFC molten carbonate fuel cells, each rated at approximately 3.7 MW. These fuel cells are not yet commercially available, so they would be installed later on in the two-year installation process;
  • Sixteen FCE DFC3000 molten carbonate fuel cells, each rated at approximately 2.8 MW;
  • Switchyard facilities; and
  • A metering facility.

O&G Industries, based in Torrington, Connecticut, will be the Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) contractor for the project. O&G is a large and experienced EPC contractor and has built and completed energy generating facilities. O&G owns the property upon which the project will be located.

FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE), based in Connecticut, will manufacture, supply, construct and operate the fuel cells.

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