Bloom Energy to install solid oxide fuel cells at biogas plant

7 October 2019 (Last Updated October 7th, 2019 12:01)

US-based Bloom Energy has partnered with India-based Energy Power to install an integrated zero-carbon solution at its biogas plant for supplying clean power to local businesses.

Bloom Energy to install solid oxide fuel cells at biogas plant
Rendering of Bloom Energy and EnergyPower biogas project in Shirala, Maharashtra, India. Credit: Bloom Energy.

US-based Bloom Energy has partnered with India-based Energy Power to install an integrated zero-carbon solution at its biogas plant for supplying clean power to local businesses.

Under the partnership, EnergyPower will deploy a zero-carbon solution that will combine its new agricultural and municipal waste digester with solid oxide fuel cells for producing renewable power for customers in Shirala district, Maharashtra.

The project is expected to supply clean, reliable power to local Indian businesses once completed.

Energy Power chairman and managing director Shyam Vasantrao Raut said: “We are happy to bring Bloom Energy’s technology into our clean energy ecosystem at a time when India’s industrial sectors continue to grow.

“After demonstration, we plan to deploy the solution in the majority of the states in India.”

By the first half of next year, Bloom Energy intends to deploy and operate its 4MW energy servers at the Shirala plant.

The digesters have been designed to breakdown and clean biowaste to produce biomethane and will fuel the company servers.

These servers have been developed to make use of natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen as fuel, and produce power without combustion through an electrochemical process.

Bloom Energy founder, chairman and CEO KR Sridhar said: “India’s growing economy is in need of reliable renewable power now more than ever.

“This collaboration not only produces renewable energy from bio-waste but ensures it’s being used efficiently where needed.”

The company claims that the new project will have a significant impact on the environment as it has the potential to remove methane emissions, which are said to be 25 times more potent in the atmosphere than carbon emissions.