Equinix Leverages Bloom Energy
August 22, 2017
has signed a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between a subsidiary
of Southern Company and Equinix in which Bloom Energy fuel cells will be
installed at 12 International Business ExchangeTM (IBX) data centers in
the U.S. The project will provide a total capacity of more than 37
megawatts of power with a phased installation that begins in late 2017
The new project will install fuel cells at seven Equinix IBX data
centers in the Silicon Valley (SV1, SV2, SV3, SV4, SV5, SV6, SV10),
three in the New York area (NY2, NY4, NY5) and two in the Los Angeles
area (LA3, LA4). It builds on the pilot program at Equinix's Silicon
Valley SV5 IBX data center that began in 2015.
This investment is a key milestone in Equinix's corporate sustainability
program which focuses on making a positive impact on the company's
employees, the communities in which it operates and the environment.
The project is financed through Southern Company and reflects a
strategic partnership between Bloom Energy and Southern Company to
support on-site fuel cell solutions.
Karl Strohmeyer, President, Americas at Equinix
said, "As Equinix data centers, and the interconnection they facilitate,
become increasingly critical to the infrastructure of our digital world,
this fuel cell expansion is one step in lessening the overall impact of
the digital economy on the planet. It enables us to serve our customers
with the highest levels of performance while assisting their efforts to
make their supply chain clean and efficient."
KR Sridhar, Founder, Chairman and CEO with Bloom
Energy added, "There is no greater compliment and validation of our
energy platform than to have our existing customers continue to expand
their deployments of Bloom Energy Servers, and today, Equinix is doing
that in a big way."
Fanning, Chairman, President and CEO with Southern Company concluded,
"Our strategic partnership with Bloom Energy was established to deliver
greater value for customers by providing innovative energy solutions
directly on the customer premise. This project with Equinix further
demonstrates that this approach is meeting the smart energy demands of
today's leading companies."
- With the existing fuel
cell at the SV5 IBX, and existing fuel cell installations at
two IBXs acquired from Verizon this year (LA7 and NY13), the
new project will bring Equinix to a total of more than 40
megawatts of fuel cell provisioned power at 15 locations.
- Once installed and
operational, the Equinix fuel cell project will operate at
world leading efficiency, providing power that is 20-45
percent cleaner than the equivalent utility provided natural
gas powered generation. Over the lifetime of the project,
this will avoid 660,000 tons of carbon emissions and save 87
billion gallons of water that would have been used by
natural gas or coal-fired utility generation.
- In addition to the
significant sustainability impact, the project provides 24 x
7 always-on, highly reliable power optimally matched to the
operational requirements of the data center.
- This project will relieve
the day-to-day stress on local utility providers, helping to
delay new utility generation and providing electricity
directly where it is needed.
recently released its second annual
includes a review of progress towards Equinix's long-term
goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable energy, as
well as progress toward Equinix's other goal of growing a
responsible and sustainable company. As of 2016, Equinix had
achieved 56 percent renewable energy coverage worldwide.
- In addition to these fuel
cell initiatives, Equinix is also engaged in
Power Purchase Agreements
for wind energy from Oklahoma
and Texas, providing a
total of 225 megawatts of capacity.
- Bloom Energy fuel cells
use a proprietary solid oxide technology to generate
electricity through a clean electrochemical process using
air and fuel and resulting in only water and a small amount
of carbon dioxide as by-products. SOx (sulfur oxides), NOx
(nitrogen oxides) and other harmful smog-forming particulate
emissions are virtually eliminated with the use of Bloom
Energy fuel cells.