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Stop & Shop Takes Next Step in Grocery Store Innovation

QUINCY, Mass. Feb. 10, 2011 East Torrington, Conn.

The fuel cell, a UTC Power PureCell® System Model 400, was supported with a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund’s On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program and is the first fuel cell utilized by the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company. It is expected to generate over 90% of the store’s electric energy.

"In our commitment to be a sustainable company, we continually look for new innovations and technologies that help us build more energy efficient stores," said Jihad Rizkallah, vice president of store planning for Stop & Shop. "The fuel cell technology is the latest step we’ve taken to ensure we’re doing everything we can to lower our impact to the environment in each community we serve."

Since the fuel cell was commissioned in June of last year, it has produced over 1.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, accounting for 95% of the store’s total electric energy requirements. This, coupled with the use of the thermal energy produced by the fuel cell, has reduced the total electric and natural gas utility bills for the store by roughly 50%.

By generating most of its power on site, Stop & Shop is able to reduce the burden on the local power grid and its impact on the environment. The fuel cell operates without fossil fuel combustion which in turn makes electricity production virtually pollution-free. Highlights:

  • Stop & Shop anticipates it will prevent the release of more than 523 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 120 acres of trees.

  • The annual nitrogen oxide emissions reduction will be equivalent to removing 88 cars from roadways.

  • Designed to operate in water-balance, with no consumption or discharge of water under normal operations, the fuel cell at the Torrington Stop & Shop store will save 3.5 million gallons of water compared to central utility generated electricity.

Torrington Dale Hedman

Torrington, Conn. 2010, UTC California Connecticut New York Wisconsin South Korea South Windsor, Conn.

Stop & Shop Sustainability Milestones – A History of Store Innovation

  • November 2001 Foxboro, Mass.

  • August 2007 Southbury, Conn.

  • December 2008 Fairfield, Conn.

  • 2009
    • White roof to reflect the sunlight and reduce the heat gains in the store, requiring less energy for space cooling in the summertime
    • Skylights to harvest daylight to reduce the electricity consumption during peak daylight hours
    • LED lighting in many areas of the store, including overhead track lights, spotlights on specialty areas & displays, exterior store signs and in the frozen food cases

  • May 2010 Dedham Dorchester Somerville, Mass. July 2010 Aberdeen Franklin Park Somerset Whiting, New Jersey

  • June 2010 Torrington, Conn.

  • December 2010 West Hartford, Conn. Connecticut

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Suzi Robinson

Stop & Shop

New England Division

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Emily Smith

Connecticut Innovations

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Annie Donnelly

UTC Power

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