Logan Energy has been awarded a contract to install a 300kW stationary fuel cell power plant at the 20 Fenchurch Street office development in the City of London.

The installation will support London’s deployment of decentralised energy to develop a more sustainable, secure, cost effective and low to zero carbon energy supply in the capital.

Known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’, the 38 storey office building is set to open in early 2014. The building boasts a distinctive design that sees it widen as its height increases, providing a smaller footprint and correspondingly larger outdoor space at street level with additional floor space for lease on the upper floors.

The Direct FuelCell (DFC), which will be installed in 2013, will provide electricity, high temperature heat to an absorption chiller to provide cooling, and low temperature heat for space and domestic water heating in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) configuration.

The project construction manager Paul Mutti from Canary Wharf Contractors, said, “The high efficiency of the stationary fuel cell power plant is very important for this building, from both an economical as well as sustainability viewpoint. The design and construction of the building incorporates the latest advances in efficiency and conservation to minimise the building’s environmental impact, including re-use of the demolition material from the prior building, utilisation of solar shading and window glazing that conserves energy, and the fuel cell power plant that economically generates both electricity and heat with virtually no emissions.”

The DFC power plant supports the targets established by the mayor of London to supply one quarter of London’s energy from decentralised sources and reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2025, supporting the mayor’s vision for London to be the greenest big city in the world. The high efficiency of the DFC power plant and efficient design of the CCHP scheme reduces building CO2 emissions by approximately 351 metric tonnes per year using National Calculation Methodology (NCM) simulation software, resulting in an eight percent saving in building CO2 emissions.

“This project is another example of how well integrated, fuel cell powered, distributed energy solutions can provide superior carbon and operational savings over other technologies.” said Bill Ireland, managing director of Logan Energy. “We are extremely proud to be a part of this prestigious project which further expands our portfolio of installations, supporting our business expansion plans.”