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Bloom Energy Launches Combined Heat and Power Solution

Aug. 3, 2023
Advanced CHP solution for net zero heating and cooling offers higher electrical and combined efficiency than current CHP solutions.


SAN JOSE, CA, August 1, 2023 -- Bloom Energy (NYSE:BE) is now offering the Bloom Energy Server™ as a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) solution that utilizes a high temperature (>350°C) exhaust stream for industrial steam production and absorption chilling.

About 50% of global industrial energy use is for steam generation. Our high-temperature exhaust stream can produce steam. Customers can use the Bloom Energy Server now not only to produce high-efficiency clean electricity, but also high temperature steam with no additional fuel input —significantly reducing operating costs and carbon emissions.

The Bloom technology offers a pathway to decarbonization for industries from chemicals to petroleum and refining, pulp and paper, food processing and primary metals that does not exist in older CHP systems.

Additionally, rising temperatures are significantly raising the demand for cooling. Today, virtually all cooling is enabled by using electricity. Big power users, such as data centers, use up to 40% of their electricity for cooling. The electrically enabled cooling uses hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), highly potent greenhouse gases, as refrigerants.

Bloom’s offering will enable customers to replace HFC chillers with absorption chillers that do not use HFCs.

Bloom’s advanced CHP solution is particularly attractive to the world’s largest CHP markets in Germany, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and the United States, where almost half of the operating CHP systems are over 20 years old and ready for replacement. Bloom has already signed its first advanced CHP customer in Germany, Geothermie-Gesellschaft Bruchsal GmbH, an affiliated company of EnBW (Energie Baden-Württemberg AG), an energy conglomerate based in Stuttgart.

“An optimal CHP solution must have high electrical efficiency, high temperature heat, and high total efficiency,” said Ravi Prasher, Chief Technology Officer, Bloom Energy. “Other technologies such as combustion engines or low-temperature fuel cells do not have the capability to achieve all three attributes, but Bloom’s solution can. This is yet another example of our innovative low-carbon energy offerings. With these new CHP capabilities, and greater than 50% electrical efficiency, Bloom Energy can achieve more than 90% combined efficiency and deliver high-temperature heat.”

About Bloom Energy

Bloom Energy empowers businesses and communities to responsibly take charge of their energy. The company’s leading solid oxide platform for distributed generation of electricity and hydrogen is changing the future of energy. Fortune 100 companies around the world turn to Bloom Energy as a trusted partner to deliver lower carbon energy today and a net-zero future.

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