Life Technologies’ first fuel cell project has been such a success that less than six months after the Carlsbad, California system went on-line, we have installed a second Bloom Energy fuel cell system at our Pleasanton, California site. As of March 26, a one-megawatt system is now supplying 95% of the Pleasanton campus’ electricity demand and significantly cutting the company’s annual electricity spend.
The fuel cell technology generates electricity on-site through an electro-chemical reaction with natural gas and oxygen (from the air) as the primary inputs. This type of cleaner energy generation reduces carbon emissions by 30% compared to current electrical grid emissions per kilowatt-hour. Not only does this shrink our carbon footprint, it also greatly enhances our energy reliability. The fuel cells are an uninterruptible power source; in the event of a utility grid outage, our freezers and cold rooms will continue to run and our valuable inventory will be safe.
Life Technologies will continue to monitor utility use as well as the alternative energy incentive landscape to ensure we grow our fuel cell program where it makes financial sense.