The first supermarket in the country powered by a fuel cell will open its doors in Glastonbury this week.
Whole Foods new 46,000 square foot store in the Fox Run Mall will generate most of its power on-site with a fuel cell made by UTC Power.
Waste heat from the power generation process is also being used to run a chiller for refrigeration cases.
The store is also able to operate independent of the grid during a power outage.
Kathy Loftus, who manages sustainability projects for Whole Foods, says that independence was important in deciding to go for a fuel cell.
The fuel cell will provide 50 percent of the storeâ€™s heat and electricity and close to 100 percent of its hot water.