Saint Francis Care Expands its Use of UTC Power Fuel Cells

27 Jun 2012

Saint Francis Care

Following news of delivery, UTC Power has now announced that Saint Francis Care has installed 400 kW PureCell stationary fuel cell systems at two of its campuses in Hartford, Connecticut to provide clean, reliable power to its facilities.

The PureCell is an on-site, combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) generation system based on phosphoric acid fuel cell technology. It uses natural gas as fuel but is highly efficient – up to 90% total system efficiency – and thus it lowers energy costs and emissions.

The new installations provide the Saint Francis hospitals with 400 kW of power at each location, satisfying 10% of the main campus’ electricity needs and 42% at the Mount Sinai campus – significantly reducing consumption of grid electricity. Additionally, thermal energy from the fuel cells is harnessed to serve the heating loads at both hospitals.

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been a pioneer in the successful incorporation of fuel cells, having powered part of their main campus on Woodland Street in Hartford for the last several years with UTC Power’s previous generation 200 kW fuel cell system. With these new PureCell system installations, both the main campus and the Mount Sinai campus on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford are benefiting from the strong economic and environmental savings achieved through the use of clean, efficient fuel cell technology.

UTC Power has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 300 stationary fuel cells in 19 countries on six continents.

Reference: UTC Power

Image: St Francis Hospital and Medical Center main campus (Photo: Sage Ross/Wiki)

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