New Microgrid Product Promises Energy Resiliency in the Face of Power Outages

by | Aug 21, 2019

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Bloom Energy recently launched a new product: the AlwaysON Microgrid solution,which is designed to make it easier and convenient for companies to protect themselves from extended grid power outages and escalating grid electricity rates.

The AlwaysON microgrid solution is designed to provide customers with a path to energy resiliency in the face of future outages at a predictable cost. The solution utilizes natural gas or directed biogas supplied through the highly reliable, existing underground pipeline system, making it dramatically less susceptible to the impacts of extreme weather.

Bloom Energy Servers generate electricity from natural gas, biogas or hydrogen without combustion through an electrochemical reaction. When operating on natural gas, they generate up to 50% fewer CO2 emissions than grid power, and produce virtually no particulates and smog-forming emissions. With these sustainability attributes, customers no longer have to choose between sustainability and resiliency. Both can be optimized with the Bloom Energy microgrid solution.

The Bloom Energy AlwaysON microgrid solution is being introduced as the US continues to see an escalation of power outages caused by extreme weather events. The US Energy Information Administration (US EIA) reported that a July heat wave drove the highest electricity demand in nearly two years from the Midwest to the Atlantic coast. Tens of thousands of electricity utility customers lost power for extended periods as a result.


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