Logan Energy Installs Britain's Biggest Fuel Cell in London Development

17 Oct 2013

Logan Energy

Logan Energy Ltd. has announced the successful installation of Britain’s largest fuel cell system to date at Quadrant 3, the landmark Regent Street redevelopment project in London, UK.

The installation, which was designed and integrated by Logan Energy, has been undertaken at The Crown Estate’s £400m, 270,000 sq ft mixed use Quadrant 3 scheme. The fuel cell forms part of one of the world’s most sophisticated central energy systems which serves over 500,000 sq ft of offices, retail, residential, restaurant and hotel space in the Regent Street Quadrant area.

The fuel cell is the UK’s first molten carbonate fuel cell and the most efficient fuel cell installation in Europe, emitting 38% less carbon dioxide than using electricity from the grid and heat from efficient gas fired boilers.

Fuel cell power provides the most efficient combined cooling heat and power distributed energy schemes, and was chosen to help the project meet their clean air and carbon reduction targets. The 300kWe fuel cell CHP installation works by converting natural gas into electricity via an electrochemical process. As a result, no products of combustion are emitted such as NOx, SOx and particulates with a projected carbon dioxide emission saving of 350 tons per annum.

The heat from this fuel cell installation will be used for facility heating and cooling, resulting in maximum efficiency and cost savings for The Crown Estate’s customers. The overall efficiency of the installation is estimated at 83% but with a higher electrical contribution than other types of distributed generation.

The Crown Estate’s Head of Development Alastair Smart said: “Occupiers are increasingly looking to operate more sustainably and this includes factoring in the green credentials of their premises. The fuel cell is a real flag in the sand, demonstrating what is possible in terms of energy efficiency and carbon reduction, and it will only enhance the building’s reputation as a world leading example of sustainable development.”

Bill Ireland, Chief Executive and Chairman at Logan Energy Ltd, said: “We are really pleased to play our part in the on-going regeneration of Regent Street. This project demonstrates that fuel cell based energy centres are able to compete with all other forms of distributed generation even without government subsidy and will play an increasingly significant role in the reduction of carbon emissions and electrical power resilience in the UK. We are presently negotiating several MW scale projects which make commercial sense as companies strive for control over rising utility prices, lifecycle cost and carbon reduction, and security of supply.”

     

Source: Logan Energy

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