PureCell® System to Power California Air Quality Agency
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., Nov. 12, 2012
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Power, a United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, today announced the South Coast Air
Quality Management District (AQMD) in Diamond Bar, Calif., will install a
PureCell^® System Model 400 fuel cell to power its headquarters. AQMD, the
air pollution control agency for all of Orange County, Calif., and the urban
portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, is a repeat
customer for UTC Power. In 1994, the AQMD installed a PureCell System Model
200, which ran for more than 50,000 hours.
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"Stationary fuel cells are one of the cleanest and most efficient ways to
produce electricity for building needs," said Barry R. Wallerstein, AQMD's
Executive Officer. "This fuel cell system will provide about 22 percent of
AQMD's daily electrical needs and is part of our energy self-sufficiency
The PureCell system is a proven solution to today's energy challenges and is
already in use at facilities across multiple industries. Generating power and
heat, the PureCell system is driving an excellent return on investment for
businesses, lowering energy costs, increasing energy security and reducing
emissions. This PureCell system installation will provide 400 kW of power to
the AQMD headquarters building, which houses a variety of offices.
Additionally, thermal energy from the fuel cell will be harnessed to provide
space heating and reheating for the air conditioning system.
"We are very pleased that once again the South Coast Air Quality Management
District has chosen UTC Power to help meet its energy needs," said Joe
Triompo, vice president and general manager of UTC Power. "With the upgrade
to a Model 400 system, the majority of the energy required for AQMD's
headquarters will now be supplied by clean and efficient sources. AQMD
continues to lead by example and this installation will be a model for the
many businesses in the areas served by AQMD."
The PureCell system is a long-term solution with a 10-year stack life and
total expected energy efficiencies more than double those of traditional power
sources. When the efficient design, positive ROI, and world-class 96 percent
fleet availability are factored in, the PureCell system is the recommended
choice for facilities with baseload power requirements, like AQMD
headquarters. This range of benefits is unique to the PureCell system and is
unmatched in the fuel cell industry.
UTC Power will provide energy from the fuel cell to AQMD under an Energy
Supply and Services Agreement. The project is supported by funding from
California's Self-Generation Incentive program (SGIP) and the unit is expected
to be installed and operational in mid-2013.
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions
of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
About UTC Power
UTC Power is part of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), which provides
energy-efficient products and services to the aerospace and building
industries. Based in South Windsor, Conn., UTC Power is the world leader in
developing and producing fuel cells that generate energy for buildings and for
transportation, space and defense applications. UTC Power has designed,
manufactured, and installed more than 300 stationary fuel cells in 19
countries on six continents. For more information, please visit
Contact: Jennifer Sager
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