Delaware Officials to Hear Testimony on Bloom Energy Project

Mar 5, 2012


        NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are preparing for a hearing to consider whether to grant a permit to Bloom Energy for construction of a highly touted fuel cell project.

     Bloom Energy, in the form of Diamond State Generation Partners LLC, is requesting a permit under Delaware's Coastal Zone Act to install and operate 235 fuel cells, also known as Bloom Boxes.

     A public hearing on the permit request is set for Tuesday evening at the DNREC offices in New Castle.

     The fuel cells would be installed on a site off River Road in New Castle, near Red Lion Creek, and would send electricity to Delmarva Power's nearby Red Lion substation.

     Officials say the fuel cells, powered by non-renewable natural gas, will provide up to 47 megawatts of power to the regional electrical grid.