The San Jose Sharks showcased the future of clean, reliable, always on electricity in the National Hockey League (NHL) when they hosted the NHL All-Star Game in late January. The mid-season classic was hosted at the Sharks’ home, SAP Center at San Jose, which is powered by high tech fuel cells supplied by Bloom Energy.
Bloom Energy Servers have the highest delivered electrical efficiency of any commercially available electric power generation system in the world. The Sharks have deployed the technology at SAP Center, as well as at their practice facility, helping to lower their carbon footprint as well as their electric power costs.
The Sharks and Bloom Energy have a long history together, first collaborating in 2012 to bring Bloom Energy Servers — an always on, on-site power solution that converts natural gas into energy without combustion — to SAP Center and to Solar4America Ice. The Sharks were one of the first professional sports franchises to adopt this emerging technology. The Servers help reduce the Sharks’ reliance on more expensive local grid power, and decreases CO2 emissions significantly compared to the power the Sharks would otherwise buy from the grid.
Over the past seven years, many significant improvements have been made to Bloom Energy’s core technology, enabling the Sharks to further reduce their carbon footprint. The latest generation Bloom Energy Servers will provide 400 kilowatts of power at SAP Center and 500 kilowatts at Solar4America Ice.
“Silicon Valley’s home team, one of the most innovative in the NHL, deserves the cleanest, most reliable power,” said KR Sridhar, founder, chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy. “We are delighted to keep the lights on, the air clean, and the ice cold for the San Jose Sharks.”
“Our energy and sustainability program has to be one of the best in the league and we’re quite proud of it,” said Jon Gustafson, vice president of Sharks Ice, LLC. “Our approach to both is a big part of our plan as a business and member of the local community. As the population density increases in areas like San Jose, the demand on the grid gets higher. We needed to ensure we can meet our operational goals while putting a good product together and for us – it all starts with the ice.”
For sustainability and air quality initiatives, Bloom Energy Servers add even more value. By generating electricity without combustion, they eliminate the emissions that cause smog and respiratory issues. This supports the Sharks corporate-wide initiative of being more environmentally responsible within its local communities, including with Climate Smart San José, the city’s plan to reduce air pollution, save water, and create a stronger and healthier community.
About San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) based in San Jose, California. As members of the NHL’s Pacific Division of the Western Conference, the team plays its home games at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks were founded as an expansion team in 1991 and made their NHL debut in the 1991-‘92 season. To date, the Sharks have won six division titles and made the playoffs in 20 of their first 26 seasons, including 12 the last 13 years. The 2015-‘16 season marked the first time in franchise history that the team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
About Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy’s mission is to make clean, reliable, and affordable energy for everyone in the world. The Company’s product, the Bloom Energy Server, delivers highly reliable and resilient, ‘Always-On’ electric power that is clean and sustainable. Bloom’s customers include twenty-five of the Fortune 100 companies and leaders in cloud services and data centers, healthcare, retail, financial services, utilities and many other industries. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com
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