UK buys first commercial fuel cell

International Fuel Cells, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has announced the sale of a fuel cell system that will power a recreational centre in Woking, England, and be the first commercial fuel cell operating in the United Kingdom. Woking, a community of 93,000 people, is located 25 miles SW of London. The 200-kilowatt PC25 system will be installed at Woking Park and will provide electricity and heat for the Pool in the Park recreational centre as well as electricity to light the park. In the summer, the heat will be used to meet the recreational centre’s air conditioning, cooling and dehumidification requirements via heat-fired absorption cooling. The PC25 produces 900,000 Btus of heat. The PC25 is part of a larger, combined heat and power system that will include a 1.35 mw reciprocating engine and solar photovoltaic cells, which will be provided by other vendors.

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