Bloom Energy today announced that Agilent Technologies, a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets, is now using clean electric power from Bloom Energy Servers to reduce its carbon footprint by thousands of metric tons of CO2 per year.
Agilent recently installed Bloom Energy Servers, capable of producing 3.5 megawatts of power, at its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California, and a business unit in Little Falls, Delaware. As a result, Agilent will lower its carbon footprint by almost 4,000 metric tons of CO2 each year. The ‘Always On’ Bloom Energy Servers will reduce net water use and improve air quality by replacing most of the power Agilent previously drew from the grid.
Unlike traditional sources of onsite power, Bloom Energy Servers generate electricity without combustion, instead using solid oxide fuel cell technology. Bloom’s ‘fuel cells’ convert natural gas or biogas into electricity via an electrochemical process. Because the Energy Servers generate low-emission power 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, they reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by amounts comparable to zero-emission wind and solar power over the course of a year.
Bloom Energy Servers will offset about 1,200 metric tons of CO2 annually at Agilent’s headquarters and more than 3,500 metrics tons of CO2 at its Delaware facility. That’s the equivalent of removing a combined 1,003 cars from the road per year.
The Energy Servers also generate virtually none of the smog-forming particulate emissions that cause air pollution and respiratory distress. This is an important consideration at the Agilent sites in Delaware and California, two states that rank among the bottom 10 U.S. states for air pollution.
Bloom Energy Servers use virtually no water in normal operation, which is especially important in drought-prone California. By comparison, power plants supplying electricity to the California grid consume 150 million gallons of water more per megawatt of electricity than Bloom Energy Servers per year.
Agilent is a longtime leader in sustainable business practices, most recently being ranked No. 3 on Barron’s “100 Most Sustainable Companies in 2019” list. As energy use is the biggest contributor to Agilent’s environmental footprint, the company has committed to reducing energy consumption by 10 percent. To accomplish this, Agilent has commissioned more than 18 energy- and water-conservation projects at its sites around the world, leading to a potential annual energy saving of about 8,000-megawatt hours.
“We are proud of our longstanding commitment to sustainability and believe it’s our responsibility to help build a better world,” said Mike McMullen, president, and CEO of Agilent Technologies. “The work we do truly reflects our values, our mission and is a foundation of our culture.”
“Bloom Energy is thrilled to partner with Agilent to minimize its environmental footprint and improve local air quality,” said KR Sridhar, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Bloom Energy. “We are delighted to provide clean power to its facilities and laboratories where their amazing researchers and technologists work on the next wave of breakthroughs.”
Source: Bloom Energy
Date: Apr 23, 2019