Diversey, Inc. announced the delivery and installation of a 400-kilowatt fuel cell from UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company at its main headquarters building in Sturtevant, Wis. Diversey is the first company in the Upper Midwest to generate its own power onsite with a fuel cell. It is estimated the fuel cell will generate more than 40 percent of the building’s electricity and 75 percent of its heat, further reducing the company’s carbon emissions by 3,365 metric tons per year, which is equivalent to taking 685 cars off the road. The fuel cell is expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2011.

“The fuel cell is another significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to make our facilities as sustainable as possible,” said Diversey Chairman S. Curtis Johnson. “Our experience in reducing the environmental impact of our operations further demonstrates the power of sustainability in driving business results.”

Fuel cells are one of the cleanest energy-generation sources available in the world and meet the strictest U.S. emission standards. Highly energy efficient and virtually pollution-free, fuel cells produce electricity, heat and water through an electrochemical process. The PureCell® Model 400 System from UTC Power that will be installed at Diversey’s global headquarters has multiple benefits, including:
• A 20-year product life with a 10-year stack life;
• Overall system efficiency of up to 90 percent; and
• Water-balance design – no consumption or discharge of water in normal operations – saving millions of gallons of water when compared to central generation and other fuel cell technologies.

“UTC Power is proud to be associated with Diversey, a company devoted to producing quality products in a healthy, clean environment,” said Neal Montany, director of UTC Power’s stationary fuel cell business. “We are thrilled that our fuel cell will be at Diversey’s global headquarters, a building that showcases the company’s strong commitment to sustainability.”

Diversey’s Headquarters Campus a Model for Sustainable Operation
Installation of the fuel cell is one of many operational and environmental initiatives to help Diversey achieve substantial energy, water and carbon emission savings. Since 2004, these initiatives have helped the company reduce water consumption across its global campus by 15.6 million gallons. Additionally, since 2006, Diversey’s headquarters campus has used:
• 28 percent less natural gas;
• 15 percent less electricity; and
• 16 percent less carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking more than 500 cars off of the road.

Diversey’s headquarters building is certified at the gold level under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard for existing buildings. At the time it was first certified in 2004, it was only the third building in the world to achieve LEED-EB Gold. The headquarters building was recertified earlier this year.