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St. Helena Hospital Generates Clean Power On-Site with UTC Power Fuel Cell


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St. Helena Hospital Generates Clean Power On-Site with UTC Power Fuel Cell

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. and St. Helena, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2010) – St. Helena Hospital today announced that its state-of-the art medical facility in Napa Valley, Calif., is now being powered by a 400 kilowatt fuel cell from UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). The PureCell® Model 400 System meets 63 percent of the hospital’s electricity needs and its byproduct thermal energy is being used for hot water and space heating for three of the hospital’s buildings. UTC Power’s PureCell®Model 400 System is a combined heat and cooling system that will help the hospital reduce its energy costs, increase its operational reliability and contribute to a cleaner environment.

“UTC Power is pleased to be associated with St. Helena Hospital, a true leader in its holistic approach to patient care as well as its commitment to the environment of picturesque Napa Valley,” said Neal Montany, director, UTC Power stationary fuel cell business. “Hospitals such as St. Helena are especially well-suited for fuel cells because they are able to fully and continuously utilize the electric and thermal output from the system.”

Fuel cells which produce electricity, heat and water through an electrochemical process are one of the cleanest, quietest, most energy-efficient power-generating technologies in the world today. They also meet the strictest U.S. emission standards.

“Along with wind and solar, fuel cells are among the cleanest forms of energy production,” said Stan Tempchin, director, St. Helena Hospital facilities and manager of the two-year process to plan and install the fuel cell system. “St. Helena is one of the few hospitals in the United States that has taken the leap to co-generation (heat and electricity) systems. We are proud that we will be the first hospital in the country to be powered by UTC Power’s next generation stationary fuel cell and we believe the PureCell® Model 400 System will help the hospital achieve its sustainability efforts here in Napa Valley.”

With its proven phosphoric acid-based fuel cell technology, the PureCell® Model 400 System boasts an industry best 10-year stack life and a 20-year product life, with an overall system efficiency of up to 90 percent; nearly three times that of typical central generation plants. In addition, the Model 400 is designed to operate in water-balance – no consumption or discharge of water in normal operations – saving millions of gallons of water when compared to central generation and other fuel cell technologies.

The St. Helena facilities team has programmed the energy management system computers to rely on the fuel cell as the primary source of heat and power, while keeping boilers and generators online for some low-level energy needs and emergency backup. “The UTC Power fuel cell system is a good fit for our facilities because we need power and thermal energy around the clock,” said Tempchin. “Keeping the lights on and the rooms heated 24/7 is a big job that just got easier, cheaper and a lot cleaner.”

By generating most of its power on site with a fuel cell, St. Helena Hospital is able to reduce the burden on the local power grid and its impact on the environment. St.Helena Hospital will prevent the release of more than 530 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 125 acres of trees. The reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant are equal to the environmental benefit of removing 115 cars from the road, and more than 500,000 gallons of water will be saved.

The hospital’s fuel cell was partially funded by a grant from the California Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). The California SGIP provides financial incentives for the installation of new, clean, and energy-efficient on-site distributed generation. The fuel cell was also funded by an anonymous donor who made a generous contribution to this project through the Napa Valley Community Foundation. The power costs for the hospital are expected to drop as much as $180,000 annually, helping to repay the equipment investment in as little as three years.

About St. Helena Hospital: With its many innovative wellness programs and other top quality healthcare services, including the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center and Coon Joint Replacement Institute, St. Helena Hospital, situated in the heart of the Napa Valley, is one of the nation’s premier healthcare destinations. The hospital serves Napa, Lake, Solano, Sonoma and Mendocino counties with cardiovascular, cancer, emergency, medical, surgical and behavioral health care. For more information, visit

About UTC Power

UTC Power is part of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), which provides energy-efficient products and services to the aerospace and building industries. UTC is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index every year since it was launched in 1999. Based in South Windsor, Conn., UTC Power is the world leader in developing and producing fuel cells that generate power for buildings and for transportation, space and defense applications. For more information, please visit