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CenturyLink Implements Bloom Energy Servers to Expand Sustainability Commitments
CenturyLink recently reaffirmed its sustainability commitments by installing the Bloom Energy fuel cells to generate 500 KW of clean reliable power to run one of its California data centers. The data center where the Bloom cells will be deployed is located at Irvine, Calif., and is operated by Savvis, a CenturyLink company. The cells are capable of generation 4.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per annum and they will be used to run cloud, managed hosting and colocation services.
David Meredith, senior vice president and global general manager for Savvis, commented, “We must explore our energy alternatives to support advancements in technology and the escalating demand for network and IT infrastructure. Bloom’s clean fuel cells offer a way for businesses like CenturyLink to promote the continuing evolution of technology without sacrificing their sustainability commitments.”
According to Bloom Energy, its Energy Server is a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site. It is based on the company’s solid oxide fuel cell technology to generate clean, highly efficient onsite power from multiple fuel sources and can convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather than dirty combustion.
Unlike legacy hydrogen cells, Bloom Servers make use of low-cost minerals instead of precious metals like platinum or corrosive materials like acid. It is capable of converting fuel into power at nearly twice the rate of other techniques and the fuel used can either be renewable or fossil.
CenturyLink asserted that by employing Bloom Servers, it will be able to avoid approximately one million pounds of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions annually and significantly reduce SOx (sulfur oxides), NOx (nitrogen oxides) and other harmful smog-forming particulate emissions.
Bloom Energy added that the fuel cell project highlights CenturyLink’s long-term vision to attain its corporate sustainability goals and the company is excited to be contributing to a new model for data center design and operation that is cleaner and more reliable than the conventional architecture.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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