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CBS Studios in California Adds Fuel Cells

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The CBS television network has become the latest big player to add fuel cells to its energy mix. The company announced that it is adding six stationary fuel cells from UTC Power; three in Studio City (home to 18 sound stages) and the remainder slated for CBS Television City in Los Angeles (with 8 sound stages).

“Fuel cells are a great fit for our business and sustainability goals,” said Michael Klausman, President, CBS Studio Center & Senior VP Operations, CBS Television City. “With the installation of these PureCell systems, we will substantially increase our energy security by being able to continue operations in the event of a grid outage and, equally important, the installation is projected to reduce our impact on the environment and provide significant energy cost savings for our business.”

According to the release, the studios named are home to such shows as Entertainment Tonight, The Price is Right, CSI: NY, NCIS, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars.

The fuel cells will produce a total 2.4 MW of clean electrical power, enough to meet 40% and 60% of the studios’ respective power needs. Additionally, thermal energy from the systems will be utilized to provide cooling for both studios and will also be used for space heating and domestic hot water at Television City. Four of the cells will operate independent of the grid.

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