Largest fuel cell installation in the world

UTC Fuel Cells, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has announced the sale of seven PC25(TM) fuel cell power plants to Verizon to provide primary power for a critical call-routing centre on Long Island, New York. The seven units, which each produce 200 kilowatts of electricity and 900,000 Btus of usable heat, will form the largest fuel cell installation in the world, surpassing the PC25 installation at the Connecticut Juvenile Training Center in Middletown, Connecticut. Verizon will instal the units at a 332,000 square-foot facility in Garden City that delivers local phone service to some 40,000 Verizon customers on a 24-hour basis. The facility is also home to more than 1000 employees who handle various functions, including answering customer calls. The fuel cells, which together will generate 1.4 mw of electricity, will provide primary electrical power for the facility. Verizon also plans to instal four natural gas powered generators to operate in parallel with the fuel cells as a hybrid system that can generate up to 4.4 megawatts of electrical power. The generators will serve as backup power, along with the electrical grid and batteries.

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