On Oct. 4, in the Science Building, Eastern President Elsa Núñez joined representatives from UTC Power, the Connecticut Energy Finance Investment Authority (CEFIA) and other guests to formally dedicate the University's new fuel cell power plant.
"We have a campus-wide commitment to sustainability at Eastern, evidenced by campus conservation programs, the sustainable energy studies curriculum, and our outreach across Connecticut in support of local energy efficiency efforts," said Núñez. "We are delighted to work with CEFIA and UTC Power on a fuel cell generating facility that will provide clean, reliable and affordable energy to the University."
Joe Triompo, vice president and general manager of UTC Power, agreed. "We are thrilled that our Connecticut-grown fuel cell technology is helping Eastern build upon their commitment to energy conservation. "Our PureCell system is a great fit for Eastern because it delivers clean, efficient, affordable energy to the University, while reducing their impact on the environment."
Other speakers included Connecticut Colleges and Universities Board of Regent President Lewis Robinson; Rick Ross, CEFIA senior manager of clean energy deployment; and Eastern alumnus State Rep. Susan Johnson.
Eastern will use 100 percent of the energy produced by the fuel cell system to provide a majority of the power required for the Science Building while maximizing the use of the heat output available from the plant.