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UK’s Quadrant 3 redevelopment is the first in the UK to install a highly efficient and sustainable fuel cell


The Quadrant 3 redevelopment is the first in the UK to install a highly efficient and sustainable fuel cell that draws its power from the same technology used to provide energy to space shuttles during flights.

Emitting 38 per cent less carbon dioxide than using electricity from the grid and heat from gas fired boilers, the 300 KWe molten carbonate cell is the most efficient of its kind in Europe. The fuel cell forms part of one of the world’s most sophisticated central energy systems which serves over 46,500 m2 (500,000 ft2) of offices, retail, residential, restaurant and hotel space in the Regent Street Quadrant area.

The cell converts natural gas into electricity through an electrochemical process which avoids creating any of the by-products of combustion, drastically reducing environmentally harmful emissions. A projected 350 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be saved per year.

As well as reducing the building’s carbon footprint, the electrochemical process makes the cell highly efficient as no energy is wasted between the power station and the building, or in moving the mechanical parts needed to induce combustion.

Head of Development Alastair Smart said: “Occupiers are increasingly looking to operate more sustainably and this includes factoring in the green credentials of their premises. The fuel cell is a real flag in the sand, demonstrating what is possible in terms of energy efficiency and carbon reduction, and it will only enhance the building’s reputation as a world leading example of sustainable development.”

Al Gore, former Vice President of the USA, currently headquarters his sustainable investment firm, Generation Investment Management at Quadrant 3. The building’s sustainable design was an important factor in the firm’s decision to move to the scheme with Mr Gore commenting that The Crown Estate demonstrated a “sophisticated commitment to sustainability”.

The £400m Quadrant 3 scheme is a model for sustainable central London development, incorporating substantial public realm improvements as well as a sophisticated energy generation system.

The fuel cell installation was completed by Edinburgh-based Logan Energy. Stanhope was the development manager for Quadrant 3. Sir Robert McAlpine was the main contractor and Aecom was the mechanical and electrical consultant.

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VIDEO Drive ‘n’ Ride 17 September 2013, Brussels

VIDEO Drive ‘n’ Ride 17 September 2013, Brussels

Brussels – The 6th edition of the Drive ‘n’ Ride was organised by Air Liquide, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai, Intelligent Energy, Toyota and Linde in partnership with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. Please click here for video.

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FuelCell lands $6.4M federal grant

Danbury clean manufacturer FuelCell Energy received a $6.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to test a sub-megawatt fuel cell.

Hartford Business.com–The grant, which lasts 18 months, seeks to demonstrate a sub-megawatt fuel cell configured for combined heat and power output and connected to the electric grid in Connecticut.

FuelCell wants to capture more than 60 percent of the heat generated in its chemical-electric process to provide heat for its customers regardless of what fuel they use: natural gas, coal syngas, or biogas.

Separately, FuelCell is preparing to throw the switch on a fuel cell plant on a dairy farm in Sacramento, Calif. that runs on agricultural waste. The U.S. Department of Energy supported the dairy farm fuel cell as well.

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Toyota to showcase an advanced fuel cell vehicle in Tokyo next month

At the Tokyo Motor Show next month, Toyota will introduce a near-production fuel cell car. Mass production of its fuel cell cars would begin in 2015, and would be sold in the U.S. and Europe for around $50,000.

Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle prototypeFor three minutes worth of hydrogen, the Corolla-sized sedan can do a 500km trip.

Toyota took a group of journalists to Japan this month and had them sample the powertrain that would go on to the production car.

Toyota wasn’t ready to reveal the car’s design or talk about the specifications. They used camouflaged Lexus HS 200 sedan bodies and journalists found the driveline quiet, smooth and a fun experience to drive thanks to the instant torque delivery of the electric motor.

Tanks in the car hold 5kg of compressed hydrogen which can be refilled in three minutes. For one fill-up, the car can travel 482km. The fuel cell stack is placed under the driver seat, which converts hydrogen into electricity. Combined, the fuel cell stack and the tanks weigh the same as a conventional engine.

Toyota did not comment on the car’s suspension, the powertrains or even the power rating.

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but only a few hydrogen filling stations exist on the planet. This is seen as the biggest problem that Toyota has to fix if these cars are to be sold in large volumes. However Toyota officials say this fuel type won’t be their mainstay. A few ten-thousands of the car are estimated to be sold every year in a good season, the same number of Corollas and Camries sold on a weekly basis in the America maybe.

Officials predict that the price of a fuel cell vehicle would come down to about the same level as a plug-in hybrid car by 2020.

The perplexed group of journos who drove three laps of the car that they knew nothing about, on an empty parking lot after flying halfway around the planet, speculate that the model to be unveiled at the show next month may be of the same size but in a different shape.

[Source - DailyKanban.com]

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