FuelCell Energy, Inc. has announced the sale of a 300 kilowatt DFC300 (DFC) fuel cell to the Crown Estate for installation at the Quadrant 3 re-development project on London’s Regent Street. The fuel cell will help the project meet clean air emission requirements and carbon reduction targets.   The Quadrant 3 project is a 250,000 square foot mixed use retail/office/residential redevelopment project being developed by The Crown Estate with assistance from the Stanhope Estate.  The redevelopment project will maintain the historical character of the area while incorporating modern technology and sustainable environmental practices.    “Our long term outlook means that sustainability is a critically important part of our approach to business,” said Alastair Smart, Head of Development, The Crown Estate.  “Reliable on-site power generation delivered in an environmentally friendly manner is an important aspect of our development projects and the fuel cell fits our requirements at Quadrant 3.” The plant is expected to be operational later this year.

Efficient, non-polluting, quiet operation inside building

The fuel cell will be physically located inside the building as the quiet operation and virtual lack of pollutants from fuel cells is well-suited for such urban applications. The power generation process of the fuel cell uses an electrochemical reaction rather than combustion, which very efficiently converts fuel into clean electricity.  The DFC power plant generates clean electricity and high quality heat. Fuel cells can achieve up to 90% efficiency when the heat is utilized in a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration. The heat for this fuel cell installation will be used for facility heating and cooling, resulting in maximum fuel efficiency and cost savings for the client. The fuel cell project designer and installer, Logan Energy Limited, estimates the overall efficiency of this DFC installation at 82%.

Due to the lack of combustion, the fuel cell emits virtually no pollutants, such as NOx, SOx or particulate matter. This electrochemical power generation process is quiet, allowing for a normal conversational tone next to an operating fuel cell. “We were attracted by the various attributes of the fuel cell including the steady power output combined with ultra-clean, efficient and quiet power generation,” said Paul Hargreaves, Development Director, Stanhope Plc, which is overseeing the development for The Crown Estate. “The high quality heat produced by the fuel cell will be used for heating and cooling the buildings, improving the economics of this power plant as both electricity and heat are produced.”

“Fuel cells emit virtually no pollutants, an important attribute for an urban location,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “This order by The Crown Estate demonstrates the value of ultra-clean and reliable fuel cell power to support sustainability goals. Recent clean energy proposals announced by the British and other European governments make the European markets attractive for fuel cells.”   The Crown Estate is a successful business organization guided by its core values – commercialism, integrity and stewardship.  It manages a diverse property portfolio which includes office, retail and industrial premises; housing; farmland; forestry and minerals; parkland; and around half the foreshore and almost all the seabed around the UK.    www.fce.com

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