Retail furnishings store Ikea has commissioned a new fuel cell-based on-site heat and power system at its Emeryville store in California, US.

One of two San Francisco-area stores for the Swedish company, the project represents the first time Ikea has used a biogas-fuelled fuel cell system for heat and power. The solid oxide fuel cell system was manufactured by Bloom Energy. At 300 kWe, the system will operate on biogas and produce approximately 2,497,651 kWh of electricity annually for the store.

Combined with a solar energy system installed on the store roof in 2011, these fuel cells will help generate more than a majority of the store’s energy on-site.

‘Plugging-in this fuel cell system is an exciting milestone that complements our existing rooftop solar array,’ said Pat Choa, store manager.