The State of Connecticut is officially celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day for the first time, thanks to a proclamation from Governor Dannel Malloy declaring October 8 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the state.
On October 5, Connecticut's Commissioner Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Rob Klee visited FCHEA members Nel ASA / Proton OnSite and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) to read the proclamation. The Commissioner then took pictures with the staff in attendance, and a Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle.
“Our state energy policy supports advanced technology that is cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable,” Commissioner Klee said. “Hydrogen fuel cell technology supports these values. In addition, fuel cells are a state based industry, providing local jobs and revenue to our towns and cities.”
The full text of the proclamation reads:
"Whereas, Connecticut is home to world leaders in the development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies; and
Whereas, hydrogen fuel cells, developed in Connecticut, played an instrumental role in the United States space program, helping the United State achieve the mission of landing a man on the moon; and
Whereas, fuel cells utilizing hydrogen and hydrogen-rich fuels to generate electricity are clean, efficient, resilient technologies being sold for stationary and backup power, zero-emission vehicles and portable power; and
Whereas, stationary fuel cells are being placed in service to provide business and energy consumers with reliable power in the event of grid outages; and
Whereas, fuel cell electric vehicles and buses that utilize hydrogen can completely replication the performance of internal combustion vehicles including comparable range and refueling times with zero harmful emissions; and
Whereas, hydrogen is the most abundant chemical substance in the universe and can be derived from a variety of available, traditionally domestic, and renewable resources, including solar, wind, biogas and the abundant supply of natural gas in the United States; and
Whereas, hydrogen and fuel cells can store energy to help enhance the grid and maximize opportunities to deploy renewable energy; and
Whereas, Connecticut’s hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain has a significant bearing on Connecticut’s economy; now
Therefore, I, Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby honor and recognize October 8, 2017, as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the State of Connecticut."
For more information, check out CCAT's full press release here.