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Fuel cell powered supermarket opens in Glastonbury
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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 store’s heat and electricity and close to 100 percent of its hot water.