Tuesday, October 2, 2012

AT&T Expands Deployments of Bloom Fuel Cells

AT&T will deploy an additional 9.6 MW of fuel cell power from Bloom Energy.   This follows  last year's order for 7.5 MW of "Bloom Boxes" at 11 AT&T sites in California including data centers.  The companies calculated that once fully operational, all of AT&T's Bloom Box installations are expected to produce more than 149 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually.

The new installations will make AT&T the largest non-utility customer for Bloom Energy.

"A key differentiator for fuel cells compared to other forms of alternative power is that fuel cell electricity production is virtually constant," explained John Schinter, AT&T's Senior Energy Director. "They provide steady recurring electricity production at a relatively predictable cost, replacing the traditional electricity bill, which can be volatile."