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IKEA has announced plans for its first biogas-powered fuel cell system on the US east coast, at its store in New Haven, Connecticut.

The fuel cell system is expected to be installed, commissioned and operational by autumn, bringing the IKEA fuel cell portfolio to more than 1.5 MW.
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The 250-kw, biogas-powered project will produce approximately 2.08 million kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,218 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Combined with the 940.8-kW solar array installed atop the store in 2012, the fuel cell project will help generate a majority of the store’s energy onsite.

For the design, development and installation of this fuel cell system, IKEA contracted with Sunnyvale-based Bloom Energy.

Christof Stein, store manager said, “Similar to our rooftop solar array, this fuel cell system will greatly reduce our carbon footprint and the store’s reliance on the power grid as well as contribute to our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many.”