IFC Provides UK with First PC25 Fuel Cell Power System

August 29, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

International Fuel Cells (South Windsor, CT), a unit of United Technologies Corp., announced the sale of a fuel cell system that will power a recreational center in Woking, England, and be the first commercial fuel cell operating in the UK.

The 200kW PC25 system will be installed at Woking Park and will provide electricity and heat for the pool in the park recreational center as well as electricity to light the park. In the summer, the heat will be used to meet the recreational center's air conditioning, cooling and dehumidification requirements via heat-fired absorption cooling. The PC25 produces 900,000Btus of heat.

"The installation in Woking is yet another milestone for IFC and the PC25 power plant," said IFC President William Miller. "PC25s now provide clean, efficient and reliable energy in 17 countries on six continents, further demonstrating its capabilities and IFC's leadership in the fuel cell industry."

The PC25 is part of a larger, combined heat and power system that will include a 1.35MW reciprocating engine and solar photovoltaic cells, which will be provided by other vendors. The fuel cell system is scheduled to begin operating by year-end.