Bloom Energy announced the commercial availability of its Hydrogen Energy Servers
The servers will be assembled at the company’s site in Newark. Bloom is based in San Jose, CA.
The hydrogen system uses technology similar to that of Bloom’s fuel cells. The fuel cells generate electricity using natural gas but can also handle hydrogen.
Orders are being accepted with commercial shipments expected to begin in 2022, following early tests.
In making the announcement, Bloom noted that many nations have committed to net-zero emissions goals by 2050, and more than 30 countries have hydrogen-specific strategies that are being activated.
Bloom sees the potential to use hydrogen to store and then generate electricity that can power steel mills and other heavy users of electricity.
“Bloom Energy has a complementary suite of solutions and strong partner ecosystem supporting both ends of the hydrogen economy – clean hydrogen production and efficient hydrogen utilization,” said Deia Bayoumi, vice president of product management, Bloom Energy. “With these offerings and collaborative solutions, our technology can be applied for today’s needs and in the future as the hydrogen economy becomes more robust.”
Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are key to clean power generation. However, these sources are also inherently intermittent, with periods of excess energy production that generate more electricity than transmission lines can carry.
According to Bloom, excess electricity could be used to produce hydrogen, which could then be stored and used to generate electricity.
The technology would also enable islanded or remote communities to have access to renewable resources to self-generate fuel for reliable electricity, without needing to import fuel.
“Our technology is distinctively suited to help hydrogen adopters thrive in the hydrogen economy,” said Venkat Venkataraman, executive vice president, and chief technology officer, Bloom Energy. “Bloom Energy’s hydrogen-powered fuel cells are built on the company’s solid-oxide platform that has higher efficiencies compared to other fuel cell technologies, generating more electricity from less hydrogen, and provides reliable power helping organizations reach to meet their zero-carbon objectives.”
Bloom Energy’s Hydrogen Energy Servers have undergone testing as part of a pilot project in South Korea for the last five months with successful results.
Throughout the operation, hydrogen-powered fuel cells provided zero-carbon electricity at efficiency levels exceeding expectations.