Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, 06103
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The Connecticut Science Center, designed by César Pelli & Associates, opened on June 12, 2009.
The Connecticut Science Center is the first science center to generate most of its needed power from an on-site fuel cell. This step was a major one for the Connecticut Science Center and its steps towards being a Gold Level LEED Certified green building.
The 200-kilowatt fuel cell, built by UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. business based in South Windsor, generates 100 percent of the electricity the Science Center uses. The PureCell System is fueled with natural gas and doesn't use combustion. Instead, the gas undergoes an electrochemical process that produces direct current electricity, heat and water.
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