Albertsons to make power on site with fuel cell
South Windsor, Conn. Albertsons on Wednesday will open a supermarket in Clairemont, Calif., that will be one of the first in the state to generate nearly 90% of the electricity it needs with a 400-kilowatt fuel cell. The new 55,000-sq.-ft. store is using a fuel cell from UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company.
The project is estimated to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 478 metric tons each year, compared with 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 Rick Crandall, director of environmental stewardship, Albertsons, which is part of Supervalu. “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%, nearly twice the efficiency of the U.S. electrical grid.
If there is 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.”
Albertsons’ Clairemont store features a number of other eco-friendly measures, including:
- Highly efficient LED lighting in the dairy and frozen food doors that reduce energy consumption by more than 50% to 65%;
- 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%; and
- Water-saving faucets and fixtures installed in the restrooms to reduce the amount of water used by over 45%.
Kimball Office names director of architecture
JASPER, Ind. Kimball Office announced Georgy Olivieri as the new director of architecture and design strategies.
“Georgy’s strong relationships with the architecture and design community, and unique knowledge of creating sustainable environments, provide Kimball Office with the tools necessary to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones as well,” said Allen Parker, VP marketing and sales at Kimball Office. “Kimball Office’s product portfolio is expanding to further meet the changing demands of workplace environments, and Georgy’s experience will provide great insight into developing strategies that complement the needs of the design community.”
After spending time coordinating the national A&D efforts for Haworth and Teknion, Olivieri is returning to Kimball Office, which is where she previously worked as an A&D rep for seven years. “Exciting transformations are taking place at Kimball Office and the A&D community is taking notice. I look forward to sharing the company’s relevant, new solutions that will inspire designers and build strong awareness of the brand,” said Olivieri.
Claire’s to launch exclusive ‘Glee’ line
CENTURY CITY, Calif. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Claire’s Stores, have announced a partnership to launch exclusive “Glee” Jewelry Collection and accessory lines. The program will kick-off Sept. 3 with the introduction of three fully-branded Glee pop-up shops in the Los Angeles, Chicago and New York Metropolitan areas. These pop-up shops will be followed by a rollout of the line to over 1,500 stores across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico on Sept. 9.
Claire’s exclusive Glee Jewelry Collection will feature a wide selection of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings from H.E.R Accessories. Additional Glee accessories will include cosmetics, hats, armwear, legwear, wallets, handbags, stationery, novelty, pillowcases and posters.
Claire’s said it will help promote the line by transforming the “l” in its name to the index finger and thumb pose featured within the “Glee” logo.
“The partnership bringing Claire’s and ‘Glee’ together makes perfect sense and we are so thrilled to be collaborating with Fox Consumer Products on this project,” says Gene Kahn, Chief Executive Officer of Claire’s Stores, Inc. “The process of creatively developing the exclusive product collection, as well as the pop-up shops will provide the loyal fans of Claire’s and ‘Glee’ with the opportunity to fully ‘Gleek’ out from head to toe.”