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.