The Town of Hamden, Connecticut, and the Hamden Board of Education have signed a ten year energy services agreement to furnish, install and operate a UTC Power fuel cell at Hamden High School in US.

The 400kW fuel cell will provide 90% of the high school’s annual electricity requirements and its byproduct thermal energy will be used to heat the school during winter months as well as provide heat year-round to the school’s swimming pool.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, through its On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program, will provide grant for Hamden High School’s PureCell System Model 400 fuel cell, a combined heat and power system.

The Town of Hamden and Board of Education anticipate that the 400kW PureCell System will reduce the school’s energy costs by $800,000 over the 10-year duration of the contract.

UTC Power stationary business director Neal Montany said the Model 400 offers the customers lower energy costs, reduced emissions, 24/7 assured power and an industry-best system efficiency and product life.