1 February 2010 – Whole Foods Market has chosen to power a third store, located in San Jose, California, US, with on-site fuel cell power from UTC Power. The other stores to install a ‘PureCell’ system from the company are in Dedham, Massachusetts and Glastonbury, Connecticut.
The fuel cell system will generate 90% of the store’s electricity needs and its by-product thermal energy will be used for store heating, cooling and refrigeration for an overall efficiency of approximately 60% percent, nearly twice the efficiency of generators connected the US electrical grid.
By generating most of its power on-site with a fuel cell, the San Jose store will prevent the release of more than 370 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, says UTC.
‘We’re proud to be associated with Whole Foods Market, a company always looking for innovative ways to do business more sustainably, and very pleased the company has chosen to fully integrate the thermal and electrical energy produced by a UTC Power fuel cell at a third store,’ said Neal Montany, director of UTC Power’s stationary fuel cell business. ‘Businesses that need reliable power around-the-clock and that can use the fuel cell’s thermal energy are well-suited.