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Connecticut’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day Aligns Companies, Lawmakers

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – October 8, 2018 – National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day is being celebrated today with support and recognition from Connecticut lawmakers and state leaders.

U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1) of East Hartford and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) were joined by New York’s Tom Reed (NY-23) to introduce a House bill and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy joined a Senate move expressing support for designating October 8, 2018 as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. Today was chosen because it is symbolic of the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy officially recognized October 8, 2018 as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the State of Connecticut with a proclamation.

“Our thanks to Governor Malloy, Congressman Larson, Congresswoman Esty, Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy, state DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee and everyone who has supported the efforts promoting the benefits fuel cells and hydrogen technologies provide in generating clean, reliable and resilient power,” said Elliot Ginsberg, CEO and President of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.

CCAT and the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition were joined by Klee, representatives from the industry, state and federal lawmakers at CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center on Oct. 5 to mark the event.

“CCAT and the Coalition are proud to mark this day and very appreciative of the support from our representatives, businesses and organizations in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day,” said Joel M. Rinebold, director of energy at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT).  “The hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the state and the Northeast region is making major inroads. What we’ve done with this technology is unlock the ability to use this abundant element, hydrogen, and make it work within our societal needs and it does so remarkably by providing clean and reliable energy. This technology doesn’t work just when the sun shines or just when the wind blows, we can take excessive power from renewable energy facilities like solar and wind and make hydrogen from it.  Hydrogen is the overall energy carrier that allows us to meet our community needs for power, electric, heat, and automotive needs.”

“We believe in an ‘all of the above’ approach for technologies that provide clean energy for the residents of Connecticut,” said Commissioner Rob Klee. “The recent selection of clean energy fuel cell projects, which will be located in urban areas near load centers and or are sited on brownfields or other commercial property that will help to create or retain more than 200 jobs.”

Along with Commissioner Klee in attendance, also celebrating with CCAT’s energy and manufacturing experts were those from Doosan Fuel Cell America, Fuel Cell Energy, Proton On Site, University of Connecticut, Precision Combustion, Inc. and more. Encompassed in the celebration was a tour of the AMC and a look at the latest fuel cell powered vehicle, the Toyota Mirai.

The hydrogen and fuel cell industry in the Northeast region has experienced growth based on employment, revenue and investment, labor income, and state and local tax revenue. Currently, the Connecticut hydrogen fuel cell industry annually provides over $600 million in revenue and investment and over $30 million in state and local tax revenue to Connecticut. Further, with additional investment and deployment, the economic return from this industry could exceed $1 billion with another $840 million coming from the Connecticut supply chain.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology provides an opportunity for Connecticut and the region to more fully use its renewable energy industry with hydrogen and fuel cells for transportation, energy storage, and use at consumer sites.  Such use could make the region a showcase for renewable energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions as new jobs are created. This configuration will also increase local end user reliability which is of high value for businesses and industry.

“As the co-chair of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, I am proud to join with Congresswoman Esty in introducing a resolution marking October 8th as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. Fuel Cells use our atmosphere’s most abundant element, hydrogen to create clean energy. Connecticut is the Fuel Cell Capital and the industry supports thousands of jobs in our state,” said Congressman Larson. “Every day we are seeing the effects of climate change, and supporting advanced energy technologies like fuel cells are the way to move us forward.”

“On October 8, we recognize the pivotal role the hydrogen and fuel cell industry plays in developing technology that is good for our environment and our economy, while supporting long-term economic growth in our state,” said Congresswoman Esty, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. “Connecticut is a world leader in hydrogen and fuel cell energy systems manufacturing, and we need to invest in these technologies that have poised us to get to this point. With the rising threat of climate change, it is important now more than ever that we develop clean, affordable, and reliable energy sources."

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology for transportation is also getting a major boost in the state with the completion of two, publically accessible hydrogen fueling stations in Hartford and Wallingford. These hydrogen stations will be able to provide hydrogen fuel for hundreds of zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles. As demand for zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles grows, more stations will be developed throughout the state.  The use of zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles will reduce air pollutants in urban areas and add to the Connecticut economy.

For more information on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, please visit www.hydrogenandfuelcellday.org.

 

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About the Coalition

The Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition, administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, is comprised of representatives from Connecticut’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry, labor, academia, government, and other stakeholders. CCAT and the Connecticut Hydrogen-Fuel Cell Coalition work to enhance economic growth in Connecticut through the development, manufacture, and deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and associated fueling systems. The CHFCC is supported by the State of Connecticut, CCAT, and its members.

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter – @CCATInc.