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Connecticut Governor Declares October 8 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

H2 2017 Events & Activities

Connecticut Governor Declares October 8 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Justin Lewis

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.”

Source: CCAT

The proclamation signed by Governor Malloy. 

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.