Connecticut, US-based FuelCell Energy has installed the UK’s largest fuel cell – a 300 kW molten carbonate system – in central London.
The fuel cell is part of a CHP system serving The Crown Estate’s £400m (US$640m) Quadrant 3 regeneration scheme in Regent Street. Edinburgh’s Logan Energy designed and integrated the fuel cell CHP installation, which runs on natural gas.
The heat from the installation will be used for facility heating and cooling. Its overall efficiency is estimated at 83%, but with a higher electrical contribution than other types of distributed generation.
The fuel cell will also emit 38% less CO2 than using electricity from the grid and heat from efficient gas-fired boilers, Logan Energy said.