IKEA’s New Haven store to become more energy efficient

An unidentified family is seen in front of an IKEA furniture market on an undated file photo provided by IKEA. (AP Photo/Inter IKEA Systems B.V.)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)  –  IKEA in New Haven is planning on generating more power onsite with plans to install a fuel cell system.  The biogas-powered fuel cell system will be IKEA’s first on the east coast.  IKEA already has such a system at a store in the San Franciso area and is planning systems at four additional stores in California.

According to store manager Christof Stein, the system will be similar to their rooftop solar array and it will greatly reduce their carbon footprint and the store’s reliance on the power grid.”

The 250-kw fuel cell is slightly larger than a commercial back-up generator and will be able to produce approximately 2,081,376 kwh of electricity annually.  That will be a reduction of 1,218 tons of carbon dioxide which is the equivalent of the emissions of 233 cars for enough power to provide electricity to 163 homes yearly.

Pending permits IKEA is planning on having the system installed and operating this fall.

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