AT&T’s portfolio of alternative and renewable energy installations is about to get larger. The company will be working with Bloom Energy Corporation to install Bloom Energy Servers
, which utilize solid oxide fuel cell technology, at 11 sites in California.
So what is a Bloom Energy Server?
“Built with our patented solid oxide fuel cell technology, Bloom's Energy Server™ is a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site. Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather than dirty combustion. They are like batteries except that they always run.” Source: Bloom Energy
The Bloom Energy Servers (aka Bloom Boxes) will provide over 62 million kilowatt-hours of energy each year, the equivalent of generating power for 5,600 homes annually. The Bloom Boxes, which are about the size of a standard parking space, will allow AT&T to reduce its carbon emissions by about 250 million pounds. To put this in more relatable terms, a 250 million pound CO2 emission reduction is the comparable to removing 3,700 vehicles from the road.
The Bloom Boxes will be installed at AT&T facilities in the following California cities: Corona, Fontana, Hayward, Pasadena, Redwood City, Rialto, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose, and San Ramon.
AT&T will be joining other well-known companies that already use Bloom Energy Servers including Walmart, eBay and Adobe. Learn more about AT&T’s sustainability goals by downloading the company’s 2010 Sustainability Report