A stationary fuel cell power plant will be installed at the 20 Fenchurch ‘Walkie Talkie’ office development in London.
FuelCell Energy Solutions (FCES) will manufacture the power plant and, under a service contract, will also operate and maintain it from a European-based operations centre that is staffed 24 hours a day.
The system will be designed, integrated and maintained by Edinburgh-based Logan Energy, which will also take on maintenance operations as part of its contract.
The 38 storey, 690,000 square foot office building is being developed by Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities.
The building utilises a distinctive design that widens as the height increases, providing a smaller footprint and correspondingly larger public space at street level and additional floor space for lease on the upper floors.
The power plant will provide electricity and heat in a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration with heating provided to an absorption chiller for cooling and lower temperature heat for facility and hot water heating.
The fuel cell will provide an electrical output of 300 kW, which is adequate to power almost 800 average sized UK households and thermal output of more than 300 kW.
“The high efficiency of the stationary fuel cell power plant is very important for this building, from both an economical as well as sustainability viewpoint.
The design and construction of the building incorporates the latest advances in efficiency and conservation to minimise the building’s environmental impact, including re-use of the demolition material from the prior building, solar shading and window glazing that conserves energy, and the fuel cell power plant that economically generates both electricity and heat with virtually no emissions,” said Canary Wharf Contractors executive director Paul Mutti.
“The fuel cell power plant is at the heart of the building’s sustainability strategy and will be the first installation of its type in the City of London’s Square Mile,” commented Land Securities Neil Pennell head of sustainability and engineering.
“Having the opportunity to run the plant on a day-to-day basis in this landmark building will provide us with a great insight into the future potential of this technology to reduce carbon emissions and virtually eliminate the emission of pollutants in commercial office building applications.”