Advanced Energy and Alternative Technologies and Architecture: Fuel Cells and the Fuel Cell Industry in Connecticut


Advanced Energy and Alternative Technologies and Architecture: Fuel Cells and the Fuel Cell Industry in Connecticut

5 HSW hours

Sponsored by the Committee on the Environment

Registration: 8:45 am
Lunch is included.

Morning Session:  9:00-11:30 am
Joel M. Rinebold, Director of Energy Initiative, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
Prabhakar Singh, Ph.D., Faculty Member, University of Connecticut, Center for Clean Energy Engineering
S. Derek Phelps, Director of Market & Project Development for FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCE)

Afternoon Session: 12:30-3:00 pm
Chris Lotspeich, MPPM, MES, CEM, Director of Sustainability Services at Celtic Energy, Inc., Glatonbury
Bruce Redman Becker, AIA, AICP, Principal, Becker and Becker Associates, Fairfield

AM: Joel Rinebold will discuss the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Development Plan “The CT Hydrogen Fuel Cell Roadmap” and how execution of this plan with hydrogen and fuel cell technology is beneficial for economic development, environmental performance, and energy reliability.  This discussion will address economic impacts, targets for clean energy development, and policy that can support clean energy development and economic development.

PM: Bruce Redman Becker, AIA, LEED AP, will discuss the design, economic, and regulatory challenges of integrating fuel cells and other on-site renewable energy sources in large-scale mixed-use urban projects.  Three case studies will be presented: 360 State Street in New Haven (500 unit new construction tower and retail utilizing sub-metering and CHP with a 400kw fuel cell);  The Octagon on Roosevelt Island in New York City (adaptive re-use 500-unit apartment project with 50kw solar array retrofitted with a 400 fuel cell utilizing CHP), and 777 Main Street in Hartford, the 285-unit mixed-use historic redevelopment of a mid-century modern office tower, including a 400kw fuel cell and 115 kw rooftop solar array utilizing CHP and sub-metering.

Chris Lotspeich, Director of Sustainability Services at Celtic Energy, will discuss the Role of Fuel Cells in Resilience Facility and Microgrid Design. Chris is a nationally known expert on this topic.


Bruce Redman Becker, AIA, LEED AP President
Bruce Redman Becker is president of Becker + Becker, an integrated green development, planning, preservation and architecture firm. The firm was founded in 1950 and has offices in Fairfield, Connecticut and Manhattan.

Becker + Becker plans and implements transit-oriented projects that have a social and environmental value, creating mixed-use and mixed-income communities to revitalize neighborhoods, provide housing, education and needed retail, often restoring historic buildings for new uses.   Most recently, the firm completed a LEED® Platinum, net-zero energy TOD, 777 Main, in downtown Hartford; and the 1st LEED Platinum Neighborhood Development in Connecticut, a TOD which incorporates the 1st fuel cell in the world to power an apartment building.

In the past 25 years Bruce has designed and developed more than 1,200 units of affordable housing and 2,000 units of market rate housing.  Five of the firm’s developments have been certified historic rehabilitations. Bruce co-founded two non-profit housing organizations to create innovative affordable housing projects: Common Ground Community, developer of the Times Square Hotel Supportive Housing; and Under One Roof, developer of The Marvin Intergenerational Child Care and Congregate Housing in Norwalk, CT.  He was formerly Board Chair of the Harlem School of the Arts and the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies, served on the AIA’s National Affordable Housing Task Force, and as director of the Town Green Special Improvement District in New Haven, CT.   Bruce was a founding director of the CT Renewable Energy and Efficiency Business Association, serves as board chair of Elm City Food Cooperative and is an active member of the Westport Electric Car Club.  Bruce wrote the chapter on Project Delivery as Architect and Developer in the AIA Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice. Bruce graduated from Amherst College and received MBA and Master of Architecture degrees from Yale.

Chris Lotspeich MPPM, MES, CEM is Director of Sustainability Services at Celtic Energy Inc., a Connecticut-based consultancy.  Chris is project manager for microgrid planning for the State of Rhode Island, teamed with Arup and Rocky Mountain Institute.  He supports the U.S. Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency Energy on energy assurance projects at Air Force bases, partnered with Northrup Grumman.  Chris teamed with Arup and the City and County of San Francisco to implement a Department of Energy grant to install solar power plus energy storage for critical facility energy surety city-wide.  He consulted on three FBI critical facility energy surety projects, teamed with ERG.  Chris was project manager for consultant support on microgrid projects for three CT municipalities.  He is a Board Advisor to the Resilient Design Institute and a speaker on microgrids and resilience at national conferences.  Chris was lead author of the Whole-Systems Integrative Green Design Module for the Government of Singapore's Certified Energy Manager course created in 2010.  Chris was a 2002–2003 Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia's Darden business school.  From 1994–2001 he was Executive Assistant to Amory Lovins and Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute where he worked on six continents and led numerous resource efficiency surveys at industrial facilities and on the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Princeton CG-59.  Chris earned two masters degrees from Yale from the School of Management and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in International Politics from Wesleyan University.  He served for 15 years as a wilderness EMT and firefighter on volunteer rescue services in Colorado, Connecticut and Maine.  Chris is married with two children.

Joel Rinebold is associated with the development of energy projects and energy planning initiatives in the region.  At the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), Mr. Rinebold is Director of Energy Initiatives with a focus on energy and infrastructure planning, the development of renewable and advanced energy technology, and economic development associated with energy management. Mr. Rinebold was instrumental in establishing the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition and the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster. Mr. Rinebold is also engaged in several development initiatives for energy facility siting, advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, “microgrid” infrastructure, and the establishment of renewable energy facilities using agricultural biomass and wind.  Direct activities include administration of the State of CT Office of Energy Efficient Businesses, State of CT Hydrogen Economy Program, USDA Rural CT Microgrid Project, US DOE supported H2 USA Roadmap planning, and the US Small Business Administration supported Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster.

S. Derek Phelps is Director of Market & Project Development for FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCE) .
Derek’s responsibilities include advocating for public policy that promotes FCE’s business model of providing ultra-clean, efficient and reliable baseload distributed generation for electric utilities, commercial and industrial companies, universities, municipalities, government entities and other customers around the world. He is also part of the company’s project development team, primarily in matters involving siting and governmental and regulatory affairs.

Prior to joining FCE, Derek was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Siting Council, an executive branch agency in Connecticut State Government. While in that role, Derek oversaw the siting processes that led to the approvals of over $4 billion in energy projects including 46 units of power generation totaling 1,184 megawatts and more than 100 miles of electric transmission line projects. Derek also worked as a contracted government relations lobbyist for Northeast Utilities (now Eversource Energy), concentrating in all aspects of energy policy before the Connecticut General Assembly. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs and as a special-project manager for the Governor's Office, coordinating the Commissioning ceremonies for the Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut.

Derek earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, from the University of Connecticut. He also earned a Master of Science degree in e-Media Communications from Quinnipiac University. Derek is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service and of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Dr. Prabhakar Singh holds the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Endowed Chair Professor position in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Singh works with national and international agencies and industries in validating and implementing both near and long term solutions that establishes “sustainable living”. Professor Singh conducts research in high temperature energy systems with focus on systems efficiency, long term operation, and functional and structural materials for aggressive environments. His research interests also include solid- liquid- gas interactions, clean and efficient electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems including advanced fuel cells and other energy conversion systems, fuels and fuel processing, high temperature coatings, and novel synthesis techniques.

Professor Singh obtained a PhD and MS (Distinction) degree in metallurgy from the University of Sheffield, England and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India respectively. Dr. Singh also holds an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Singh has authored and coauthored more than 200 technical reports and papers along with 7 book chapters. Dr. Singh holds more than 50 US patents and trade secrets.

For his outstanding contributions to the field of electrochemistry and electrochemical fuel cell power generation systems development, several technical societies have honored him by selecting a Fellow of the Society. He is a Fellow of ASM International (Class of 1998), American Ceramic Society (Class of 2003), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (Class of 2008) and Washington Academy of Science (Class of 2009). Dr. Singh is also a recipient of outstanding performance award (2005), outstanding innovator award (1990), and Award of Excellence (1988). Dr. Singh serves on the Editorial board of ASME and ACerSoc. Prior to joining University of Connecticut, Dr. Prabhakar Singh worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy where he provided technical direction and managed the advanced solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) development activities of the NETL-PNNL led USDOE Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Core Technology Program.

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