Logan Energy to install fuel cell power plant in London


Logan Energy, a UK-based fuel cell developer, has won a contract to install a 300kW stationary fuel cell power plant at 20 Fenchurch Street office development in London.

The company will design, integrate and maintain the installation, which is expected to support the city's deployment of decentralised energy, to develop a secure, sustainable cost-effective and low-carbon energy supply in London.

The 690,000ft² office building, known as 'Walkie Talkie', is being constructed jointly by Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities.

Expected to open in early 2014, the 38 storey building features a distinctive design that provides a smaller footprint and correspondingly larger outdoor space at street level.

German-based Fuel Cell Energy Solutions will supply the Direct FuelCell (DFC), which will be installed in 2013.

The DFC300-EU will supply power and heat to an absorption chiller to provide cooling, and low temperature heat for space and domestic water heating, in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) configuration.

The DFC power plant would support the targets established by the Mayor of London to supply one quarter of the city's energy from decentralised sources and cut down carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 60% by 2025.

In addition, the plant's efficiency and design of the CCHP scheme is expected to reduce the building's emissions by about 351 metric tonnes annually.

Logan Energy managing director Bill Ireland said: "This project is another example of how well integrated, fuel cell powered, distributed energy solutions can provide superior carbon and operational savings over other technologies."

Canary Wharf Contractors construction manager Paul Mutti highlighted the need of the stationary fuel cell power plant for this building.

"The design and construction of the building incorporates the latest advances in efficiency and conservation to minimise the building's environmental impact, including re-use of the demolition material from the prior building, utilisation of solar shading and window glazing that conserves energy, and the fuel cell power plant that economically generates both electricity and heat with virtually no emissions," Mutti said.