PureCell Stationary Fuel Cell System Powers News Corporation

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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 10:05 pm | Updated: 10:19 pm, Tue Apr 24, 2012.

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. -- UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company, released that an affiliate of Beacon Capital Partners, LLC. has installed a PureCell stationary fuel cell system at its 1211 Avenue of the Americas building in New York City to provide News Corporation, the building's major tenant, a significant portion of its electricity for TV studios and its hot water needs.

The PureCell system is an on-site combined cooling, heating and power generation system that reduces energy costs, increases operational reliability and contributes to a cleaner environment. The fuel cell can operate independently of the electric grid, providing energy security for the building and making it a critical power backup during blackouts, natural disasters and man-made emergencies.

"The fuel cell at 1211 Avenue of the Americas offers a good example of how major urban office buildings can economically reduce carbon emissions through leading-edge technology," said Fred Seigel, President and Chief Operating Officer of Beacon Capital Partners. "We are grateful to have collaborated with our partners in this successful effort, particularly UTC Power and News Corporation, and to have received funding support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority."

Fuel cells are one of the cleanest energy-generation sources available and meet the strictest U.S. emission standards, making them an ideal fit for News Corporation's Global Energy Initiative, the company's world-wide commitment to minimize its environmental impact, grow sustainably and inspire others to take action. Highly energy-efficient, fuel cells produce electricity, heat and water through an electrochemical process.

By generating and using power on-site with a PureCell system, News Corporation prevents the release of more than 675 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of planting more than 156 acres of trees. The reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant is equal to the environmental benefit of removing more than 114 cars from the road. In addition to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the PureCell system saves nearly 4.2 million gallons of water annually.

The PureCell system is a combined heat and power fuel cell system that is proving to be a game-changing technology for energy efficient buildings. Compared to typical central generation and other fuel cell offerings, the PureCell system offers customers lower energy costs, reduced emissions, a 10-year cell stack durability and an up to 90 percent system efficiency.


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