Bloom Energy cuts ribbon on multi-gigawatt factory in California
Governor Newsom tours the new Bloom Energy factory in Fremont. Source: Bloom Energy.
Bloom Energy Corp (NYSE:BE), the developer of a solid-oxide platform for distributed generation (DG) of electricity and hydrogen, on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its USD-200-million (EUR 196m) multi-gigawatt manufacturing facility in its home state of California.
The 164,000-square-foot facility is located in Fremont where the company also recently opened a new research and technical centre and a global hydrogen development facility.
The opening ceremony on Wednesday was attended by California Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senator Nancy Skinner, State Senator Bob Wieckowski, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei and Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert.
The company’s flagship product is the Bloom Energy Server, a DG platform utilising solid-oxide fuel cells that convert natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen into electricity without combustion, resulting in low or no carbon dioxide (CO2) emission.
Bloom Energy says that its microgrids can help add capacity and resiliency to the grid and protect against extended grid outages arising from extreme weather, earthquakes and potential cyberattacks.
“As Bloom’s power is generated on-site where power is consumed, we do not face the same challenges as traditional power plants, such as the maintenance of power lines,” said KR Sridhar, founder, chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy.