Bloom Boxes Provide One-Third of Energy for Adobe California Complex
Adobe's California headquarters installs 12 more Bloom Boxes and sets a new benchmark for sustainability among Silicon Valley's technology giants
Bloom Energy, an on-site energy generation company, has been contracted by Adobe to install Bloom Boxes, each of which can provide a 30,000 square-foot office building with energy by using renewable fuel sources such as Bio-gas, a resource China has proved can be generated from feedlots.
The Bloom Boxes are about the size of a small van and use ceramic fuel cells that can convert a variety of organic substances into fuel. A total of 12 Bloom Boxes will be installed in West Tower on the fifth floor at the Adobe California campus. It is projected that enough Bloom Boxes could be installed at Adobe to provide up to one-third of the power for the Adobe complex.
The Bloom Box technology is innovative but not entirely unique. In addition, the high cost of Bloom Boxes makes them not stack up well against the competition. Since Adobe will be paying between $700,000 and $800,000 per 100 kilowatts of Bloom Boxes, perhaps they are counting on receiving some of the recently released Federal funding for sustainable energy projects.