Delaware fuel cell project gets review from state panel

Bloom Energy’s proposal to build a fuel cell facility is the subject of a Delaware Coastal Zone Act permit hearing tonight.

The firm seeks approval to install 235 fuel cells, known as Bloom Boxes, at a site off River Road near Red Lion Creek in the New Castle area.  The cells would send electricity to Delmarva Power.  Bloom Energy announced a plan last June to build a manufacturing facility at the site of the former Newark Chrysler Plant, which is now being developed by the University of Delaware.  The fuel cells would be powered by natural gas and provide up to 47 megawatts of power to the electrical grid.  A public hearing on the Coastal Zone Act application is scheduled for tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle.

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