Energy Efficiency, North America, On Site Power

St. Helena’s New fuel cell CHP for Hospital

UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company, is to supply St. Helena Hospital in California’s Napa Valley with its new, next-generation 400 kW fuel cell-basec CHP system.

The PureCell Model 400 system will be in full production in the summer of 2009 at the 181-bed full-service community hospital.

The heat from the fuel cell stack will be used to supply hot water and space heating for three of the hospital’s buildings.

The hospital’s fuel cell was partially funded by a grant from the California Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) which provides financial incentives for the installation of new, clean, and energy-efficient on-site distributed generation.

Jan van Dokkum, UTC Power president, said, ‘Full-service hospitals are a very good application for fuel cells because of the facility’s requirement for reliable power and thermal energy around-the clock. Besides helping the hospital achieve significant year-round energy savings, the & fuel cell meets the strict California emissions standards. ‘