Location: Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY
Host: New York City Wildlife Conservation Society
Rating: 200 kw
Installation Date: May 2010
Manufacturer: United Technologies Fuel Cells Corporation
No. of Units: 1
Technology: Phosphoric Acid
Fuel: Natural Gas
In 2010, the Power Authority installed a 200 kW fuel cell generator in the basement of the Madagascar building at the Bronx Zoo. The fuel cell operates in parallel with an existing Bronx Zoo co-generation facility as well as the Con Edison power grid to reduce the facility’s electric requirements by 200 kW while also generating heat.
The Bronx Zoo comprises 265 acres of parklands and naturalistic habitats -- home to over 4,000 animals, many of which are endangered or threatened species. It contains a number of unique habitats, designed to replicate the homes of their inhabitants as closely as possible, of which the Madagascar Building is one example. .
Generating clean power and heat on-site will allow the zoo to meet its growing demand and offset the need for an expensive distribution upgrade.
The total installed cost of this project is $1,529,385. The project was financed and installed by NYPA and co-funded with a $584,030 grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE)