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The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company announced a significant step in retail store innovation: a special dedication of a 400 kilowatt fuel cell – a first for the supermarket chain – at its store on Torringford Street in East Torrington, Conn.
The fuel cell, a UTC Power PureCell® System Model 400, was supported with a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund’s On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program and is the first fuel cell utilized by the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company. It is expected to generate over 90% of the store’s electric energy.
“In our commitment to be a sustainable company, we continually look for new innovations and technologies that help us build more energy efficient stores,” said Jihad Rizkallah, vice president of store planning for Stop & Shop. “The fuel cell technology is the latest step we’ve taken to ensure we’re doing everything we can to lower our impact to the environment in each community we serve.”
Since the fuel cell was commissioned in June of 2010, it had produced over 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s like 95% of the store’s total electric energy. This, coupled with the use of the thermal energy produced by the fuel cell, has reduced the total electric and natural gas utility bills for the store by roughly 50%!
By generating most of its power on site, Stop & Shop is able to reduce the burden on the local power grid and its impact on the environment. The fuel cell operates without fossil fuel combustion which in turn makes electricity production virtually pollution-free. Highlights:
“Stop & Shop did an outstanding job integrating this fuel cell into its new, energy-efficient supermarket in Torrington and maximizing the energy attributes of the fuel cell,” said Dale Hedman, acting president of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “The store will not only benefit from electricity produced by the fuel cell but will also benefit from the fuel cell’s waste heat, which will be used for heating, cooling and refrigeration.”
The fuel cell at Stop & Shop in Torrington, Conn., joins a growing fleet of UTC Power’s PureCell® System Model 400 units. In 2010, UTC Power installed dozens of its stationary fuel cells at locations in California, Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin and South Korea. As UTC Power continues to expand its portfolio of fuel cell partners and implementations, the company recently completed a major upgrade to its production facility in South Windsor, Conn., to accommodate an increase in orders from customers.
This is the only topic You Will see for fuel cells! Buildings!! Backup power! NOW I’m not keen it versus battery backup or solar or wind! THE beefy fuel cell still only uses natural gas. Fracked natural gas!!
Source: CT Clean Energy Fund
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