Two Bloom Energy Servers Trialled at Target
06 Mar 2013
Target Corporation, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States behind Walmart, is trialling Bloom Energy fuel cells at two of its California stores, in San Francisco and Pasadena.
The trial forms part of a wider initiative to investigate on-site energy generation at Target stores; the company currently uses roof-mounted solar panels at 26 of its stores.
Dave Hughes, group manager of Target’s Energy & Carbon Management team in Minneapolis was quoted on the company’s website saying "A typical Target store has energy needs during the day that can be significantly met by solar energy produced by solar panels on the roof. So consider this: If we were to combine daytime solar generation with fuel cell energy powering the store's additional energy needs, we'd approach a facility that runs on 100 percent self-generated power."
If successful, the company is interested in expanding its use of fuel cells to include stores on the East Coast, which have experienced power outages in recent years.
Image source: Target Corporation
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