Gas-powered Fuel Cell now operational at Navy submarine base

Dec. 21, 2022
The microgrid ready energy project, which runs on natural gas to generate electricity, started operations on December 16. During the first year of operation, the project will operate at around 6 MW

FuelCell Energy has completed site construction and commenced commercial operations of its 7.4-MW fuel cell project at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut.

The grid resiliency and microgrid ready clean energy project, which runs on natural gas to generate electricity, started operations on December 16. During the first year of operation, the project will operate at around 6 MW.

“FuelCell Energy is proud to deliver a solution that supports the Navy’s decarbonization goals while encouraging clean energy partnerships and policies that enable the deployment of crucial grid modernization technology needed for the electrical grid in Connecticut and around the world,” Jason Few, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, said in a statement.

Fuel cells use an anode and cathode to convert fuel, usually natural gas or hydrogen, into electricity. FuelCell Energy utilizes its own solid oxide platform for the technology.

FuelCell Energy teamed up with East West Bank on a $15 million tax equity financing transaction to construct the project over three years.

The project brings the company’s total generation operating portfolio to 43.7 MW.