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Legrand: Company's Fuel Cell Provides Cleaner, More Efficient Electricity at West Hartford Headquarters



West Hartford, Conn. — April 18, 2016 — Legrand, North America announced the installation of a 500kW, solid-oxide fuel cell system to provide cleaner and more efficient power to its headquarters in West Hartford, Conn.

The fuel cell will sit adjacent to the company’s corporate offices and Wiremold manufacturing facility, and is expected to produce up to 88 percent of the electricity to every building on its 263,000-square-foot, century-old campus.

Legrand sought to find a solution that would reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of its corporate facility, and reduce wasteful spending on energy. The new fuel cell will generate an approximate 21 percent reduction in energy intensity and as much as 50 percent reduction in harmful CO2 emissions for the West Hartford facility. At system capacity, the net savings will be about $2.4 million over the first 10 years.

Five years ago, Legrand made a commitment to reduce the energy intensity by 25 percent in 10 years across 14 of its U.S. facilities and pushed the envelope to reduce its West Hartford facility’s energy intensity by 10 percent in only two years. These commitments established Legrand as a Better Buildings, Better Plant “Challenge Partner” in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings program. Within two years, Legrand met both goals and subsequently committed to achieving even higher energy-reduction levels across all of its facilities throughout North America by 2022.

“Legrand now has its sights set on achieving another 25 percent total reduction in energy intensity across all of its North American facilities from a 2012 baseline and the fuel cell is going to help us meet that lofty goal here in West Hartford,” said Susan Rochford, a vice president at Legrand, North America. 

Solid-oxide fuel cells are electromechanical devices that convert the chemical energy of fuel and an oxidant directly into electrical energy without combustion taking place, providing an energy source with a much lower environmental impact compared to legacy power systems. The cells require a sand-like powder instead of precious metals, which costs much less, and conversion from fuel to electricity occurs at twice the rate of conventional technologies. 

“Our sustainability initiatives reach beyond our operational footprint. Legrand is also very focused on delivering solutions for our customers that enable high-performance buildings to reach exceptional levels of efficiency, productivity – and equally high sustainability standards,” said John Selldorff, CEO of Legrand, North and Central America.

Legrand is a provider of electrical and digital infrastructure solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial markets. For more information, visit


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