FuelCell Energy Solutions has sold a stationary fuel cell power plant for installation at the 20 Fenchurch office development in London, England.  The ultra-clean and efficient power generation profile of the fuel cells will facilitate clean air permitting and support London’s carbon reduction targets.

 FuelCell Energy Solutions (FCES) will manufacture the power plant.  Under a service contract, FCES will also operate and maintain the power plant from a European-based operations center that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The 38 story, 690,000 square foot office building is being developed by Canary Wharf Group, PLC and Land Securities PLC.  The building utilizes a distinctive design that widens as the height increases, providing a smaller footprint and correspondingly larger public space at street level and additional floor space for lease on the upper floors.  The Direct FuelCell power plant will provide electricity and heat in a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration with high temperature heat provided to an absorption chiller for cooling and lower temperature heat for facility and hot water heating.

The fuel cell will provide an electrical output of 300 kilowatts (kW), which is adequate to power almost 800 average sized UK households and thermal output of more than 300 kW.

“The high efficiency of the stationary fuel cell power plant is very important for this building, from both an economical as well as sustainability viewpoint,” said Paul Mutti Executive Director Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd.  “The design and construction of the building incorporates the latest advances in efficiency and conservation to minimize the building’s environmental impact, including re-use of the demolition material from the prior building, utilization of solar shading and window glazing that conserves energy, and the fuel cell power plant that economically generates both electricity and heat with virtually no emissions.”

“The fuel cell power plant is at the heart of the building’s sustainability strategy and will be the first installation of its type in the City of London’s Square Mile,” commented Neil Pennell, Head of Sustainability and Engineering, Land Securities.  “Having the opportunity to run the plant on a day-to-day basis in this landmark building will provide us with a great insight into the future potential of this technology to reduce carbon emissions and virtually eliminate the emission of pollutants in commercial office building applications.”

The DFC power plant supports the targets established by the Mayor of London to supply one quarter of London’s energy from decentralized sources and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 60 percent by 2025, supporting Mayor Boris Johnson’s vision for London to be the greenest, big city in the world. 

Over one year of power production, the fuel cell power plant will prevent the emission of more than 40,000 pounds of pollutants including nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) compared to conventional combustion-based power generation, which is equivalent to removing 340 cars from the road.

The high efficiency of the fuel cell power generation process reduces CO2 emissions compared to combustion-based power generation and the combined heat and power (CHP) configuration further drives efficiency.  The power plant will prevent the emission of 1,800 tons of CO2over the course of one year when compared to conventional combustion-based power generation, which is equivalent to removing 325 cars from the road.

“This marquee location in central London illustrates the advantages of on-site fuel cell power generation that efficiently generates power in an environmentally friendly process,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer FuelCell Energy, Inc. and Managing Director, FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH. “This power plant is a European solution for providing ultra-clean distributed power generation as it utilizes European design and content along with a European based service organization.”

FCES, with its German manufacturing base, is the sales, manufacturing and service business for the European Served Area for FuelCell Energy, Inc.  FCES is a joint venture between Fraunhofer IKTS and FuelCell Energy, Inc.

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