Monday, June 08, 2009

Sonoma Steps Up to Hyrdrogen Fuel Cells

Sonoma County apparently as sealed a deal to power to its campus of administrative buildings, inlcudeing a courthouse and a jail, with hyrdrogen fuel cells. Earlier this year, there was chatter that such a deal was in the works, but yesterday a Connecticut newspaper reported that the deal was completed.

According to the Waterbury Republican-American:

"Danbury-based FuelCell Energy Inc. said Friday it has sold a power plant to Sonoma County, Calif., to power a 14-building county office complex, which includes a prison, in Santa Rosa, Calif.The Direct FuelCell, or DFC, power plant will be built at FuelCell Energy's 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Torrington.

It will generate 1.4 megawatts of ultra-clean electricity, and its byproduct heat will be recovered and used to replace approximately half the natural gas the county currently purchases to make hot water for space heating, cleaning and cooking, the company said."