The new Whole Foods Market slated to open in Dedham, Massachusetts, in the USA, will generate approximately 90% of its power demand on-site with a 400 kW fuel cell system from UTC Power.
The system will also supply almost all of the sites hot water needs.
The new 60,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market under construction at Legacy Place, Dedham, is due for completion this autumn and will be the second fuel cell system installed by Whole Foods Market as an on-site power source.
In March 2008, the company installed a 200 kW UTC Power unit at its Glastonbury store in Connecticut.
UTC Power will install, own, operate and maintain the PureCell Model 400 system.
The fuel cell project was approved for a US$400,000 grant from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Large Onsite Renewables Initiative (LORI).
Kathy Loftus, Whole Foods Market Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering, Maintenance and Energy said: ‘We strongly believe in green power for the long term, so installing the larger fuel cell is ideal.’