Fuel Cell to Power ΓÇÿWalkie TalkieΓÇÖ Tower
The 20 Fenchurch Street office development in London will be powered by an ultra-clean and efficient fuel cell ΓÇô allowing it to support the carbon reduction targets set by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The office development, dubbed the ΓÇÿWalkie Talkie TowerΓÇÖ, will deliver over 600,000 sq. ft. of grade A office space over 38 floors when completed. The fuel cell is set to be integrated into the development during 2013 ready for the schemes completion in 2014.
Due to be designed and maintained by Edinburgh based firm Logan Energy Ltd, the cell will produce 300 kW of electricity ΓÇô enough to power nearly 800 average households.
ΓÇÿThe fuel cell power plant is at the heart of the buildingΓÇÖs sustainability strategy, and will be the first installation of its type in the City of LondonΓÇÖs Square Mile,ΓÇÖ explained Neil Pennell, Head of Sustainability and Engineering for developer Land Securities.
ΓÇÿHaving the opportunity to run the plant on a day-to-day basis in this landmark building will provide us with a great insight into the future potential of this technology to reduce carbon emissions and virtually eliminate the emission of pollutants in commercial office building applications.ΓÇÖ
This pioneering approach to powering an office development is said to support London Mayor Boris JohnsonΓÇÖs vision of turning London into one of the greenest cities in the world ΓÇô having set a target of reducing co2 emissions by 60% by 2025 while also generating a quarter of the capitalΓÇÖs energy from decentralised sources.
Completion of 20 Fenchurch Street is planned for April 2014 at a total development cost of ┬ú239m and 19% of the building’s office space has already been pre-let.