EAST TORRINGTON, Conn. — Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., announced today the dedication of a 400-kilowatt fuel cell at a store here.
Since the fuel cell was commissioned in June of last year, it has produced over 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, accounting for 95% of the store's total electric energy requirements. This, coupled with the use of the thermal energy produced by the fuel cell, has reduced the total electric and natural gas utility bills for the store by roughly 50%.
A first for the chain, the fuel cell is a UTC Power PureCell System Model 400, supplied by UTC Power, South Windsor, Conn. It was supported with a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund's On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program.
"The fuel cell technology is the latest step we've taken to ensure we're doing everything we can to lower our impact to the environment in each community we serve," said Jihad Rizkallah, vice president of store planning for Stop & Shop, in a statement.
By generating most of its power on site, Stop & Shop is able to reduce the burden on the local power grid and its impact on the environment. The fuel cell operates without fossil fuel combustion, which in turn makes electricity production virtually pollution-free.