Fuel Cells are the Real Thing for Coca-Cola

14 May 2012

Coca-Cola UTC Fuel Cell

Coca-Cola is seeing the benefits of the two UTC Power fuel cells that were installed at its East Hartford bottling plant last year. These run on natural gas but do so very efficiently: they have already cut the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as its overall pollution, and are expected to reduce overall energy consumption by 30% once optimised.

Coca-Cola says the cells operate quietly and “meet or exceed the most stringent air emission standards in the United States”.

The two PureCell System Model 400 phosphoric acid fuel cells produce up to 400 kW of energy each and are expected eventually to supply up to 100% of the electricity and 50% of the heating needs of the plant.

Commenting in the Connecticut Business News Journal Conntact.com, Bryan Misenheimer, plant manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments, says the company expects to achieve its objectives for using the full range of energy produced by the fuel cells. “We are pleased with the results of the fuel cells we have installed so far,” he says. “We have learned some lessons from prior installations and are working to ‘tune’ the system to meet the performance goals in terms of heat utilisation, which is a by-product of the fuel cell processes.”

So far, Coca-Cola has also installed UTC Power fuel cells at its Elmsford, New York facility plus five Bloom Energy Server natural gas powered fuel cells at its beverage production facility in American Canyon, California. In addition, it has deployed two fleets of hydrogen-fuelled fuel cell forklift trucks at distribution centres in Charlotte, North Carolina and San Leandro, California, which use Plug Power's GenDrive system.

Reference: conntact.com

Image: John Larson

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