Pepperidge dedicates fuel cell power plant at bakery

by Eric Schroeder
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NORWALK, CONN. — Pepperidge Farm, Inc. on Oct. 15 dedicated its new 1.2 megawatt DFC1500B fuel cell power plant at its baking facility in Bloomfield, Conn. Manufactured by FuelCell Energy, Inc., the fuel cell is now the biggest power source for the 260,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, and represents the largest single commercial fuel cell power plant in the United States, Pepperidge said.

"This initiative reflects the strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability that is held by both Pepperidge Farm and our parent company Campbell Soup Co.," said Pat Callaghan, president of Pepperidge Farm.

This is the second fuel cell power plant installation at the Pepperidge Farm Bloomfield plant, which opened in 2003. A smaller, FuelCell Energy 250-kilowatt fuel cell was commissioned for the site in January 2006.

According to Pepperidge, the new fuel cell supplies about 57% of the total electrical needs for the bakery on its own, and when combined with the smaller fuel cell fulfills 70% of the plant’s electricity needs with clean power. Both fuel cells operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Pepperidge said excess heat from the new fuel cell is being used to support bakery processes, which helps reduce fuel needs for plant boilers.

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