SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. - A new fuel cell at UTC Power’s headquarters in South Windsor, Conn., is not only a clean energy source for the facility, it is also a source of pride for the employees who designed, built and installed the unit. The PureCell® System Model 400 – which is the company’s flagship product – is prominently located at the main entrance and delivers up to 50 percent of the building’s electricity needs.
UTC Power installed the Model 400 in the summer of 2011, replacing an earlier- generation PureCell unit the company had used since the mid 1990s. The new fuel cell provides 400kW of clean, reliable power to the building and is capable of load-following, meaning it automatically adjusts its power output based on the draw from the building. Byproduct thermal energy from the unit – about 1.7 MMBtu/hour (or about 500 kilowatts) –will be harnessed to provide employees with domestic hot water and heating for the building’s shop areas.
UTC Power’s Facilities and Installation groups teamed up to remove of the old fuel cell and install the new unit over a period of about two months. According to UTC Power’s Facility Manager Paul Atchison, the project evoked excitement and satisfaction in the employees involved. “It was rewarding for the team to install our own product at the building where we work every day,” Atchison says. “It’s a beautiful installation, and we take pride in knowing that it helps UTC Power reduce strain on the grid and the environment.”
The PureCell installation also helps visitors and customers understand how a fuel cell works. The power plant is wrapped with eye-catching graphics that feature an illustrated cut-away of the components inside while also conveying the clean energy benefits of the PureCell system.
“We are extremely proud to see our flagship product installed here at UTC Power’s headquarters building.” says Mike Glynn, Manager, Marketing & Communications. “This showcase installation provides visitors a first-hand look at how the PureCell system generates clean, quiet and efficient energy on-site and also demonstrates how a graphic wrap can be used to support our customer’s messaging and serve as an educational tool.”
The PureCell System Model 400 utilizes phosphoric acid fuel cell technologyto deliver an unparalleled blend of performance benefits, including an industry-best system efficiency of up to 90 percent, world-class system availability of 95 percent and a 20-year life, which is more than twice the durability of any competitor in the marketplace. Learn more about the PureCell® System Model 400.