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Connecticut Science Center adds fuel cell technology

Connecticut Science Center adds fuel cell technology

Connecticut Science Center adds fuel cell technology

HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 1, 2009)–Fuel cell installation began this week at the Connecticut Science Center, what will be nation’s first science museum to use a hydrogen fuel cell to provide the majority of its power. The fuel cell will enable clean energy to be supplied onsite at the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects-designed museum. Over the course of the year, the net result of the power produced by the fuel cell will equal what the Science Center consumes.

Perched high above busy Interstate 91 and overlooking the Connecticut River, the 150,000-square-foot science museum opened in June and has already been visited by more than 100,000 people. With its iconic S-shaped roof atop a 130-tall public atrium, the museum offers 150 interactive exhibits, a 3D movie theater, laboratory classrooms, a cafe, gift shop and on-site parking at the Science Center/Riverfront Garage.

Designed to attain a Gold LEED rating, the building has multiple features to save energy, including a system that automatically adjusts interior lighting. Runoff from the developed site is absorbed by the building’s green planted roofs and a plaza. Building materials are sourced locally and 95 percent of the steel used in the building is from recycled cars. Almost half of the building’s exterior is comprised of insulating glass and the 130-foot atrium relies is passively cooled. In addition to the fuel cell, the design accommodates the addition of photovoltaic panels for solar power.

About the Connecticut Science Center
The mission of the new Connecticut Science Center is to inspire lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. Visitors will be able to enjoy over 150 hands-on exhibits in ten galleries covering science topics such as space, energy, biology, sports, health and physics, sight and sound, geology and weather forecasting. They will also learn science processes and innovation skills in the Invention Dimension exhibit gallery and learning labs. The Center’s traveling exhibit gallery opens with the exciting exhibit, Speed, about the thrills and science of going fast. The Science Center offers entertaining and educational personal interactions between visitors and “Gallery Scientists”, as well as guest subject matter experts, many of whom will be scientists themselves. To drive its workforce-development emphasis, the Center provides specific career-pathing exhibits and programs to introduce visitors to the possibilities of a future in science and the unexpectedly broad and accessible array of educational and professional opportunities in science-related fields.

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