Coca-Cola to use fuel cell technology at NY production plant

UTC Power is to supply two of its new PureCell Model 400 fuel cell systems to provide on-site electricity and heat for Coca-Cola Enterprises' production facility in Elmsford, New York. Together, the fuel cells will generate enough energy and heat for 30% of the facility's overall operational needs, and will also serve as a back-up source of power in the case of a utility power outage.

UTC Power will own, operate and maintain the fuel cells as part of a 10 year energy services agreement, which were part funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

'NYSERDA is pleased to provide $2 million for this exciting project, which will showcase the substantial energy and environmental benefits of fuel cell technology and combined heat and power,' said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. 'Our partnership with Coca-Cola Enterprises and UTC Power will complement Governor Paterson's comprehensive energy agenda, which will make New York the most energy efficient state in the nation, encourage the use of renewable energy technologies and tackle the crisis of global warming."

Coca-Cola Enterprises is considering adding fuel cells at some of its 431 facilities across North America and Western Europe.

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