Fuel cells land at WTC site

November 01, 2010 09:00AM

World Trade Center

Six fuel cells have arrived at the site of the World Trade Center, marking the beginning of what will ultimately be one of the largest fuel-cell installations in the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. The technology, which generates electricity through chemical reactions instead of burning, and which produces only water and heat as major byproducts, has already been adopted by some particularly large energy consumers, like hospitals, supermarkets and bottling plants, but is still fairly new for office buildings. Towers 3 and 4 of the World Trade Center will get 30 percent of their power from the fuel cells, which will also deliver energy to towers 1 and 2. “If we can demonstrate that fuel cells work, that they can be highly effective, that they can achieve energy-saving goals, we hope that other owners of buildings and office buildings will choose to adopt them in the future,” said Janno Lieber of Silverstein Properties, which is funding the fuel cells along with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and New York State. [WSJ]