May 13, 2010.
Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm, recently provided engineering design services for the integration of fuel cell technology for the new Whole Foods Market Blossom Hill, San Jose, California store.
This 50,000-square-foot store utilizes a PureCell® System provided by UTC Power, a United Technologies Company. The fuel cell consumes natural gas to produce electricity, heat, and cooling for the store. By integrating this 400-kilowatt fuel cell into the building’s mechanical, electrical and refrigeration systems, the store’s overall fuel efficiency will be increased. The fuel cell will enable the San Jose store to generate 70 to 100 percent of the electricity requirements at peak, and most of the store heating and domestic hot water. The unit will also provide space cooling and refrigeration. The overall electrical generation efficiency of approximately 60% is nearly twice the efficiency of the U.S. electrical grid. Should there be a power outage or rolling brownout, the store will be able to stay open for business and maintain refrigeration of product.
According to UTC, fuel cells are one of the cleanest energy-generation sources available in the world, and it’s estimated that the power generated on-site at this San Jose store by the fuel cell will prevent the release of more than 370 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually — the equivalent of planting more than 85 acres of trees.
This is the second Whole Foods Market store for which Harriman has provided design services integrating fuel cell technology. The first was for Whole Foods Market’s LEED Certified Glastonbury, Connecticut store, which was the first food retail store in the country to utilize this technology.
Harriman also provided the interior fit-up and mechanical, electrical, refrigeration and plumbing design services for the shell and interior for the San Jose store. The firm has provided design services to Whole Foods Market over the past four years on a variety of projects in New England and Northern California.