CBS Studios to Install 2.4 MW of UTC Power Fuel Cells in California
CBS Studios, the American television production and distribution company, is to install a total of six 400 kW UTC PureCell fuel cells at two production locations in California. Three systems will be installed at CBS Studio Center, a production facility with eighteen sound stages and offices in Studio City; the remaining three will be installed at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, which houses eight soundstages and offices.
The systems will provide the studios with lower energy costs thanks to their high efficiency and low emissions; the fuel cells will meet 40% of the electricity requirement of Studio Center and 60% of the requirement of Television City. High-grade thermal energy from the systems will be used to provide cooling at both locations as well as space heating and domestic hot water at Television City.
Four of the PureCell systems will be configured for grid-independent operation, providing security to the studios in light of possible power outage scenarios. Furthermore, the systems will abate the release of 2,370 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“Fuel cells are a great fit for our business and sustainability goals,” said Michael Klausman, President, CBS Studio Center & Senior VP Operations, CBS Television City. “With the installation of these PureCell systems, we will substantially increase our energy security by being able to continue operations in the event of a grid outage and, equally important, the installation is projected to reduce our impact on the environment and provide significant energy cost savings for our business.”
UTC Power expects to install the systems later this year.cbs studio center, fuel cells, independent operation
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