AT&T facilities in California – from San Francisco to San Diego and points in between – will operate a good deal cleaner by the middle of 2012 with the installation of Bloom Boxes, the solid-oxide fuel cells from Bloom Energy. All told, Bloom Energy Servers will go in at 11 AT&T facilities in the Golden State, generating 7.5 megawatts of power, the telecommunications giant said.
AT&T said the Bloom Boxes will minimize environmental impact at a cost comparable to conventional power sources. The stacked fuel cells, which convert air and natural gas into electricity through an electrochemical process, will help AT&T reduce its CO2 emissions by approximately 50 percent compared to power pulled from the grid, while virtually eliminating “all SOx, NOx, and other harmful smog forming particulate emissions.” AT&T said it’s the equivalent of removing 3,700 cars from the road.
Installation of the boxes will begin later this year and be completed by the middle of 2012. Boxes will go in at AT&T facilities in Corona, Fontana, Hayward, Pasadena, Redwood City, Rialto, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose and San Ramon. Bloom Energy has already partnered with Adobe as well as the city of Chattanooga.
This partnership with Bloom Energy comes with the release of AT&T’s 2010 Sustainability Report, which highlights the company’s energy commitment. Among other things, AT&T has reached nearly 3 million kWh of solar energy production and is contracted for an additional 19 solar deployments this year.