has partnered with Bloom Energy Corporation to install Bloom Energy Servers,
aka Bloom Boxes, throughout California in an effort to provide clean,
affordable and reliable power via solid oxide
fuel cell technology.
The Bloom Boxes, which
contain stacked fuel cells and convert air and natural gas into electricity
through a electrochemical process, will help power 11 different sites in
California. The Bloom Boxes will produce 7.5 megawatts of onsite power, and
over 62 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which could power 5,600
homes per year.
"Bloom Energy is excited to be working with AT&T in helping to achieve
their corporate sustainability goals," said Bill Thayer, Executive Vice
President of Sales and Service at Bloom Energy. "With a shared vision of
reliability, environmental stewardship, and innovation, Bloom Energy and
AT&T's collaborative efforts are sure to make an impact throughout their
facilities in California."
The Bloom Boxes are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent,
in comparison to the traditional grid. It will eliminate
harmful particulate emissions like nitrous oxides and sulfur
"AT&T is committed to finding more sustainable ways to power our
business operations as part of our efforts to incorporate alternative and
renewable energy sources into our energy portfolio," said John Schinter,
director of energy for AT&T. "Bloom Energy provided us with a solution
that was not only cost comparable but also allows us to minimize
The sites that will receive Bloom Boxes in California will include Corona,
Fontana, Pasadena, Redwood City, Hayward, San Ramon, Rialto, San Bernadino, San
Jose and San Diego. The installations are to begin later this year, and will be
completed by mid 2012.