Fuel Cells Will Help Kaiser Permanente Cut Carbon by 30% by 2020

06 Mar 2012

Kaiser Permanente

Major US healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente has announced that it intends to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 (compared to a 2008 baseline). Fuel cells are playing a major role in its plans to achieve this reduction.

The organisation is looking into both on-site and off-site renewable energy generation and has already started solar power and fuel cell energy initiatives in California. Fuel cells will be installed at seven of its Californian facilities by the end of 2012, amounting to a total generating capacity of 4 MW. It was announced in 2011 that Bloom Energy would supply Kaiser Permanente with a total of 4 MW of fuel cell capacity; this orginal commitment has now been extended to the end of 2012.

It is also installing a total of 11 MW of solar power at eleven facilities and is purchasing certified renewable energy credits to support wind power. In addition it has implemented a total of 2 MW of heat and power cogeneration at a number of sites.

The company has also committed to pursuing cost-effective green building techniques in the construction of new facilities and will implement energy conservation and efficiency measures in existing facilities.

Health care activities as a whole contribute 8% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and Kaiser Permanente has cited the prevention of the negative impact of climate change on the environment and human health as one of its reasons for pursuing these reductions.

Read Kaiser Permanente's press release here.

(Image of Bloom Energy Servers is a still from the accompanying video.)

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