IKEA has completed the installation of its fourth biogas-powered fuel cell system for onsite power generation at its store in San Diego, US.

The installion, commission and operation of the solution is expected to enable the retailer to generate a total of 1.5MW of energy through fuel cells, complementing its solar and wind arrays.

“Utilising fuel cells will reduce our carbon footprint and help create an even more sustainable community here in San Diego.”

The 200kW biogas-powered cell will generate approximately 1,665,101kWh of electricity a year for the store.

Ikea San Diego store manager Jim Tilley said: “Utilising fuel cells will reduce our carbon footprint and help create an even more sustainable community here in San Diego.”

Bloom Energy has managed the design, development and installation of this fuel cell system, and its solid oxide fuel cell technology produces clean, highly efficient on-site power.

With electric vehicle charging stations at 15 stores, solar arrays at 90% of its locations, two geothermal projects and two wind farms, fuel cell technology is a part of the retailer's plan to be energy independent by 2020.

Opened in September 2000, Ikea San Diego store features 10,000 items, 32 different room-settings, a model home interior, a children’s play area, and a restaurant.

With approximately 325 employees, the store also includes baby care rooms, preferred parking and play areas. A rooftop solar array and three electric vehicle charging stations were installed at the store in 2011.


Image: Ikea plugs-in fuel cell system to generate more onsite power at San Diego store. Photo: courtesy of Ikea.