By Anuradha Kher, Online News Editor
New Haven, Conn.–Connecticut has just made green history with the installation of a 400-kilowatt fuel cell at 360 State St., a new mixed-use 700,000 square foot development in the heart of New Haven’s downtown. This is the first large-scale residential installation of a fuel cell in the world.
The fuel cell, a renewable power source, will provide combustion-free power to the 500 residential units, common areas and retail spaces within the building. It will meet nearly 100 percent of the building’s electric needs as well as provide thermal energy.
Large capacity fuel cells have traditionally been utilized at schools, hospitals, and other energy-intensive facilities. However, multifamily residential buildings such as 360 State represent a perfect and unexplored opportunity for fuel cell technology because of their ability to continually utilize the fuel cell’s process heat in the form of space heating and domestic hot water.
With its break-through utilization of fuel cell power and range of efficiency measures, 360 State has become a new green building model for the multifamily housing world. It is a certified LEED Platinum Plan, the first in the nation to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council in the Pilot Neighborhood Development Program for exemplifying the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green design.
360 State Street is a 25-story residential tower above a four-story parking garage and ground floor retail—with plans to include a full service grocery store, bike shop, day-care and office space. In-building amenities include a fitness center, library, pool, green roof, children’s playroom and lounge rooms. Located adjacent to the State Street train station, a major commuter gateway, 360 State is also accessible by all three main CT Transit bus stops and ideally situated within blocks of Yale University, schools and the city’s best shops and restaurants.
Reservations have begun for all of the project’s units, including everything from studios to three-bedroom penthouses with terraces. Move-ins are anticipated for early August.