New San Diego Albertsons Store to Make Clean Power On-Site with Ultra Clean UTC Power Fuel Cell

New environmentally friendly store offers exciting new amenities tailored to meet Clairemont customers' unique shopping needs and preferences

Aug 30, 2010, 10:58 ET from UTC Power

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Albertsons supermarket in the San Diego community of Clairemont will be one of the first in California to generate nearly 90 percent of the electricity it needs with a 400-kilowatt fuel cell from UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

The new 55,000-square-foot environmentally friendly Albertsons store at 5950 Balboa Ave. (at Genesee) is set to open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Fuel cells are one of the cleanest and quietest energy-generation sources available in the world and meet the strictest U.S. emissions standards.  Highly energy-efficient and virtually pollution-free, fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical process to produce electricity, heat and water; no fossil fuel is burned.

The project is estimated to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 478 metric tons each year compared to California non-baseload powerplants. The annual nitrogen oxide emissions reduction is equal to removing 82 cars from the roadways per year.

"When it comes to minimizing our environmental footprint, the Clairemont store is a tremendous achievement for us," noted Albertsons Director of Environmental Stewardship Rick Crandall. "With the assistance of UTC Power's fuel cell, it's our first store that significantly reduces its burden on the power grid."

Byproduct heat from the fuel cell process will be captured and used to warm water used in the store, heat the store when necessary and to power a chiller to help cool the refrigerated food, resulting in an overall energy efficiency of approximately 60 percent, nearly twice the efficiency of the U.S. electrical grid.

If there's a power outage within the area, the store will be able to operate without disruption because electricity is generated on-site by the fuel cell.  This will allow Albertsons to avoid costly food spoilage and ensure a reliable food supply in emergency situations.

"The availability of incentive funding for clean energy alternatives and rising electricity rates are helping boost interest in fuel cells," said Neal Montany, director, UTC Power stationary fuel cell business.  "We continue to see strong interest in the supermarket sector and have installations at stores in several states.  These facilities need power around the clock and can use the PureCell® Model 400 fuel cell's thermal energy."

Other environmentally focused amenities situated throughout the Albertsons Clairemont store include:

  • Highly efficient LED lighting in the dairy and frozen food doors that reduce energy consumption by more than 50 to 65 percent
  • Photo sensors in 33 skylights measure the amount of day light from the outdoor sky and adjust the electric light levels accordingly, saving energy
  • Night curtains that are pulled over all open cold cases in the evening to seal in the cool air, and reduce spoilage and energy costs by up to 25 percent
  • Water-saving faucets and fixtures installed in the restrooms to reduce the amount of water used by over 45 percent

About Albertsons

Albertsons was founded in 1939 and currently operates 463 Albertsons and Lucky supermarkets in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  Albertsons is part of the SUPERVALU family. SUPERVALU, INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $41 billion.  SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,290 stores composed of approximately 1,200 traditional and premium stores, including 850 in-store pharmacies; 1,180 hard discount Save-A-Lot stores, of which 860 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,910 independent stores serviced primarily by the company's traditional food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 170,000 employees. For more information about Albertsons, visit our web site at

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

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