Amazon AWS: Bloom Energy adds load ability to fuel cells

Feb 16, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Fuel cell provider Bloom Energy has added the ability to follow loads to its fuel towers to enable better adjustment to variable demand and supply in microgrids and utilities.This new offering can be used by data center providers and others on microgrids, and also by the utility, who may use fuel cells to fill gaps in generation by other sources.

“We continue to innovate and solve the unique challenges created by the energy transition and the AI revolution,” said KR Sridhar, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Bloom Energy. “The Be Flexible offering provides a solution to customers that is technically, economically, and environmentally superior to legacy alternatives such as diesel generators and gas turbines."

“The rapid response time of ‘Be Flexible,’ due to its solid state architecture, is immensely important when we consider the intense energy fluctuating demands like those from AI data centers, which we are increasingly dependent on,” said Bloom advisor Peter Gross. “Data center power demands can nowadays easily jump from 50 percent to 100 percent in a matter of seconds. A power source that can’t deliver in such a short time will trip the entire site’s power, causing costly disruptions.”