Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Converts Fuel into Electricity and Powers a New York Super Market

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Bloom Energy's solid oxide fuel cell converts fuel into electricity through a highly efficient electrochemical process

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC, a division of Ahold USA, announced today that a Bloom Energy fuel cell will power the company’s Mt. Vernon, New York store. The 250 kW system at Stop & Shop in Mt. Vernon will generate more than 2 million kWh each year, resulting in carbon reductions of more than 700,000 lbs. of CO2 annually.

Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell converts fuel into electricity through a highly efficient electrochemical process, instead of combustion, to provide on-site, clean and reliable power.  These fuel cell projects are the latest addition to Stop & Shop’s clean and renewable energy portfolio that also includes solar panel systems on the roofs on 38 of its stores, capable of generating 9.5M kWh each year.  As part of its Better Neighbor Promise to care for the environment, Stop & Shop has a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015 using 2008 as a baseline.

This project supports the company’s carbon reduction goals and continues to deliver electricity even through grid outages, like those experienced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Stop & Shop is also committed to building energy efficient and sustainable stores.  It has a goal to reach Zero waste by the year 2020.  This means that at least 90% of the waste generated by its stores will be diverted from landfills.

“Stop & Shop has invested heavily in energy conservation, green building and alternative energy projects,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro division.

This project in the New York metro area will contribute to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of our operations on our communities. It will also increase the resiliency of our stores and enable us to serve our customers during grid interruptions.

“This project represents the leading edge of distributed generation, a new power generation solution that is both sustainable and resilient,” said Charles Fox, Director, East Coast Business Development at Bloom Energy.

Bloom Energy is excited to be a part of Stop & Shop’s growing clean energy portfolio.

Support for this project was provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

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