GAIL, Bloom Energy partner supply reliable energy in India

GAIL, Bloom Energy partner to supply reliable energy in India

6:03 AM, 23rd August 2016
GAIL, Bloom Energy partner to supply reliable energy in India
K R Sridhar, CEO and founder of Bloom Energy. (File photo)

NEW DELHI, INDIA: GAIL (India) Limited and Silicon Valley-based Bloom Energy have entered into a new partnership to transform India’s energy future through the use of innovative technology and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deploy revolutionary natural gas-based fuel cell technology to generate electricity.

In the presence of Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG); Amitabh Kant CEO of Niti Aayog; A P Sawhney, additional secretary of MoPNG, the MoU was signed by B C Tripathi, chairman & managing director, GAIL (India) Limited and K R Sridhar, CEO and founder, Bloom Energy.

The technology is presently being used by over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies that are diversified majors in FMCG, IT, Telecom, Retailing and e-commerce. The state-of-the-art solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology of Bloom Energy Servers convert fuel into electricity using natural gas as the base fuel to generate reliable and resilient electricity in a highly efficient non-combustible process that reduces emissions of greenhouse gas and harmful air pollutants, with minimal use of water vis-à-vis the conventional power producing technologies.

The Bloom Energy Servers could be installed onsite at any operating premises or building and can be plugged into natural gas pipeline to generate uninterrupted, efficient, noise-less base load power round-the-clock.

GAIL’s subsidiary at Bengaluru is already supplying natural gas for energizing a multi-MW Bloom Energy project for a large global technology company at the Technology Park in Bengaluru.

The unique tie-up seeks to leverage the strengths of both the organizations. Whilst GAIL brings a portfolio of natural gas to ensure reliable and competitively available Natural Gas for Bloom Energy projects along its integrated gas supply networks, Bloom Energy’s power systems run on advanced solid oxide fuel cell technology that are not just acknowledged as the most efficient producers of electricity based on Natural Gas but also combines the advantage of requiring a tenth of the space required for generating equivalent power through other modes.

The MoU provides an alignment of a shared vision between GAIL and Bloom Energy and opens up an opportunity for Indian consumers to experience bundled and reliable service by the two leading brands for expanding the distributed power generation systems in India.

“The signing of the MoU between Bloom Energy and GAIL is a significant step towards realizing the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of using technology and innovation for fast tracking India’s progress. The biggest beneficiary of this MoU will be urban India because it will significantly decrease pollution caused by backup power generation,” said Dharmendra Pradhan.

 Amitabh Kant, described the Bloom technology as “pathbreaking” which can bring a “transformational change” in electricity generation.

“GAIL and Bloom Energy have a tremendous opportunity to transform India’s energy future run on the combination of natural gas - cleanest and dependable fossil fuel and the state-of-the-art power technology of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell by Bloom Energy. This is in a unique positioning in the Indian market to deliver clean, reliable, and affordable power requiring minimal space and time to set-up. A perfect solution to India’s fast growing energy needs,” added B C Tripathi.

“It is an honour to be here and mark this occasion; we applaud GAIL for taking a leadership role in driving towards a new energy future for India. This partnership brings us closer to realizing Bloom Energy’s mission to provide access to clean and reliable energy,” said Dr K R Sridhar.

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