Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center received a UTC Power PureCell Model 400 system on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.The system will provide clean, reliable on-site power at the St. Francis Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital campus on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford. The fuel cell from UTC Power will provide 400kw of clean, reliable power to Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, serving nearly half of the building’s electrical needs.
Additionally, thermal energy from the fuel cell will be harnessed to serve the hospital’s heating loads. Fuel cells are one of the cleanest and quietest energy-generation sources available in the world and meet the strictest U.S. emissions standards.
By generating power on-site at the Mount Sinai campus with a PureCell Model 400, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center will prevent the release of more than 383 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 88 acres of trees, according to a news release.
The reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant are equal to the environmental benefit of removing 84 cars from the road. In addition to the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, this PureCell System will allow Mount Sinai Hospital to save over 3.5 million gallons of water annually, enough water to fill nearly 5 ½ Olympic swimming pools. This is because unlike central generation and other fuel cell technologies, the PureCell System is designed to operate in water balance so there is no consumption or discharge of water during its operation.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been a pioneer in the successful incorporation of fuel cells. This will be Saint Francis’ second Model 400. The first recently landed at Saint Francis’ main campus on Woodland Street in Hartford, which replaces their previous generation PureCell Model 200 system.