Macy’s Installs Fuel Cells at Fulfillment Center

October 21, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

Energy Manage Macy's logoA clean electricity generation system has been installed at Macy’s online fulfillment center in Cheshire, Conn. The Bloom Energy Servers use an advanced solid oxide fuel cell technology to produce electricity on-site.

The 600 kW Bloom Energy installation will provide an estimated five million kWh each year. The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority of Connecticut (CEFIA) helped provide funding for the project.

In addition to providing base load 24×7 power to the facility, the Bloom Energy Servers are equipped with an uninterruptible power module to provide business continuity during grid outages. In 2011, businesses in Connecticut experienced about 140 hours of outages (excluding major storms), according to a Connecticut government report.

Bloom Energy servers are the latest advancement in energy management at Macy’s. Through a variety of energy management techniques, the company has reduced its energy consumption by 37 percent over the past 10 years.

Bloom Energy recently announced a CenturyLink data center in California will be powered by fuel cells capable of generating 500 kW. The Bloom Energy fuel cells located onsite will operate independently of the power grid and are expected to produce nearly 4.4 million kWh of annual electricity, helping power cloud, managed hosting and colocation services housed within the data center, located in Irvine, Calif., and operated by CenturyLink company Savvis.

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