Bloom Energy plans to deploy the latest generation of its Bloom Energy Servers, which convert natural gas or biogas into electricity, at an existing 30 MW fuel cell project in Delaware.
The servers generate electricity by converting natural gas or biogas via an electrochemical process. As Bloom Energy Servers do not combust the gas they use as fuel, they produce virtually no smog forming emissions, according to the company.
“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 COO Susan Brennan.
Last October, Pittsburgh-based Peoples Gas installed one of the nation’s first residential fuel cell systems at a home in western Pennsylvania, where the unit is to use natural gas to generate on-demand electricity. The servers produced by Bloom Energy are used in medium and large commercial buildings.
Bloom’s servers in New Castle and Newark, DE, are funded by an investment from Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power. The investment allows for the upgrade without any additional cost to the project’s consumers, Delmarva utility customers.
The fuel cell project was owned by Bloom Energy and a tax equity investor. As part of the investment to upgrade the project, Southern Power is said to become the majority co-owner with Bloom Energy.