AUSTIN, Texas — A new Whole Foods Market in Glastonbury, Conn., will be the first supermarket to generate most of its power on-site with an ultra-clean fuel cell, from UTC Power, South Windsor, Conn. “We are always looking to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Kathy Loftus, global leader, sustainable engineering, maintenance and energy, for Whole Foods Market here. “Together with UTC Power and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, we’ve designed a combined cooling, heating and power system for our new Glastonbury store using a quiet, highly energy-efficient fuel cell that will reduce our carbon footprint dramatically.” The new 46,000-square-foot store will generate 50% of the electricity and heat and nearly 100% of the hot water needed to operate the store on-site using fuel cell technology. This will allow Whole Foods Market to reduce its burden on the power grid and its impact on the environment. The harnessed exhaust energy at the store will cool refrigeration cases year-round and heat the store in the winter months.
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