SAN JOSE, Calif.–Bloom Energy today announced it will deploy the latest generation of its Bloom Energy Servers at an existing 30 megawatt (MW) fuel cell project located on two sites in New Castle and Newark, Delaware.
The upgrade of the sites will be enabled by an investment by Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company.
Southern Power’s investment into the utility-scale fuel cell generation project will enable the upgrade at no additional cost to Delmarva utility customers to whom the fuel cell project provides clean, reliable electricity.
“By upgrading the prior generation of Bloom Energy Servers to the newest generation equipment at the Delaware sites, we will continue to generate clean electricity with virtually no smog forming emissions, and with even fewer CO2 emissions,” said Susan Brennan, Chief Operations Officer of Bloom Energy. “We are delighted that Southern Power’s investment in this project is helping us bring cleaner air to the citizens of Delaware.”
Bloom Energy Servers generate electricity by efficiently converting natural gas or biogas into electricity via an electrochemical process. Because Bloom Energy Servers generate low-emission power 24 hours each day and 365 days per year, they reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by amounts comparable to intermittent zero-emission wind and solar power on an annual basis. As Bloom Energy Servers do not combust the gas they use as fuel, they produce virtually no smog forming emissions.
The fuel cell project was previously owned by Bloom Energy and a tax equity investor. As part of the transaction to upgrade the project, Southern Power will become the majority co-owner with Bloom Energy. Bloom Energy will continue to operate, maintain and provide Bloom Energy Servers to the fuel cell project.