Fired Up About Fuel Cells

Adobe has made another major stride in the greening of its San Jose corporate headquarters.  Earlier this month, we officially flipped the switch on 12 new Bloom Energy fuel cells installed on the fifth floor of Adobe’s West Tower parking garage.

Fuel cells operate a lot like big batteries. They convert air and biogas into electricity, and produce power in a cleaner, more economical way than electricity generated from the power grid.  Adobe’s “Bloom boxes” are expected to generate approximately 30 percent of the energy required to power the three San Jose headquarters towers. Using the fuel cells, Adobe expects to reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 121.5 million pounds over 10 years, which is equivalent to taking 1,810 compact cars off the road annually.

Adobe is the largest commercial fuel cell installation to date for Bloom.  See the press release here.

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Comments

    September 29, 2010

    Ashish writes:

    Great initiative. More respect for Adobe :) I’d love to see and volunteer for such initiatives in Adobe-India sites too.

    How about some ideas targeted towards paper/water/food saving?

    October 01, 2010

    Brennen writes:

    I think this is a big deal too. Maybe Adobe can suggest some things that it’s customers can reduce it’s carbon footprint in their businesses.

    November 25, 2011

    Dave McCorkle writes:

    The Bloom Box is fascinating to me and I was wondering if your Windspires are connected to the Bloom Boxes?

    Does Adobe power the Bloom Boxes with the 20 Windspire Turbines? Are they interconnected for the 30% of the energy needed to power the Adobe Headquarters?

    You were one of the first to integrate the Bloom Boxes into your power systems and how are they working out?

    Adobe is THE leader in innovation for independent energy systems. Keep up the great work!

    November 28, 2011

    Pooja Prasad writes:

    Hi Dave!

    Thanks for the questions – here are our answers:

    Q: The Bloom Box is fascinating to me and I was wondering if your Windspires are connected to the Bloom Boxes?
    A: No. The Windspires are not connected to the Bloom Boxes. They independently supply power to the grid feeding the towers.

    Q: Does Adobe power the Bloom Boxes with the 20 Windspire Turbines? Are they interconnected for the 30% of the energy needed to power the Adobe Headquarters?
    A: No. The Bloom Boxes are not powered by the Windspires. We are credited with running them on Methane Gas which we purchase and put into the national grid. In reality, they are running on California Natural Gas as the Methane Gas that we purchase from a landfill in Pennsylvania will never actually make it to California.

    Q: You were one of the first to integrate the Bloom Boxes into your power systems and how are they working out?
    A: We are very pleased with the performance of the Bloom Boxes.

    Hope this is helpful!

    February 02, 2012

    Eric writes:

    Regarding the Windspire turbines – do you publish the generation from those? If not live, can you share how much they generate annually on your site?

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