Bloom Energy Officially Expands to East Coast, Adds Customers, Confirms Apple Deployment

01 May 2012

Bloom Delaware UDaily

Bloom Energy has officially broken ground at its new manufacturing centre in Newark, Delaware on the East Coast of the USA. The facility will be located on a 272 acre site formerly occupied by a Chrysler assembly plant which is now owned and used by the University of Delaware as its new Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus. The new site will complement Bloom’s existing manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California on the West Coast, where more than 1,000 jobs have been created. When complete the new facility will double Bloom’s production capacity and create as many as 900 new jobs in Delaware.

At the ground breaking ceremony held yesterday (Monday 30th April) Bloom Energy CEO KR Sridhar announced some of Bloom’s new customers, including Owens Corning, Urban Outfitters, Washington Gas, AT&T (who already uses Bloom Energy Servers at its California facilities) and Delaware utility Delmarva Power. It was announced in June last year that Delmarva Power was planning to purchase renewable energy credits from Bloom Energy at a proposed 30 MW facility to be deployed in Delaware by 2013. However, confirmed details of orders from Bloom’s new customers have not been released.

One thing that was confirmed at the event by KR Sridhar was that his company is indeed behind the 4.8 MW fuel cell installation at Apple’s North Carolina data centre, as had been previously deduced. "Apple is an existing customer and they will use our fuel cells in their North Carolina data centre."

The new facility comes with the help of $16 million in state incentives given to Bloom Energy. Construction of the site is expected to be completed in mid-2013 with manufacturing beginning shortly afterwards.

References: Bloom Energy; CNET

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