The Octagon apartment community on Roosevelt Island, New York, US, has installed a PureCell System Model 400 CHP system from UTC Power. The project was supported by US$1.2 million in financial incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The fuel cell converts natural gas to electricity and heat through a combustion-free, electrochemical process to provide power and heat to meet the majority of the apartment building's energy demand.
The energy efficiency achieved by the fuel cell is significantly higher than the energy received from the grid and emissions are negligible. Additionally, the fuel cell's process heat is captured to satisfy the building's space heating and domestic water requirements.
NYSERDA's $21.6 million Customer-Sited Tier Fuel Cell Program provides an incentive toward the cost of fuel cell installations, plus payments over the first three years of operation based on power produced.
Funding is awarded to applications received on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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