photo: UTC Power
Google (GOOG) has its 1.6-megawatt solar array and Applied Materials (AMAT) is following suit with an even bigger solar installation at its Silicon Valley headquarters. Not to be left behind in the greening of the valley sweepstakes, Fujitsu says it has become the first SV company to power its operations with a fuel-cell generator (photo at above). The Japanese computer maker today is unveiling a 200-kilowatt fuel-cell at its Sunnyvale campus that it says produces half the carbon dioxide of a conventional power plant. The generator, made by UTC Power (UTX), reforms natural gas to produce hydrogen which is then used to generate electricity. Besides emitting far less greenhouse gases than a fossil-fuel power plant, fuel-cell generators do not produce pollutants like nitrous oxide and sulfur oxide. The fuel-cell will provide half the power needed to cool the Sunnyvale campus’s data center. The hot water generated by the fuel-cell in turn will be used for heating. The project won Fujitsu a $500,000 incentive payment from utility PG&E (PCG). Fun fact: The UTC fuel-cell generator can be hooked up to a wastewater treatment plant and an anaerobic digester to tap methane gas from what we’ll politely call effluent to produce hydrogen.
Fujitsu’s Hydrogen-Powered Silicon Valley Campus
August 17, 2007 by Todd Woody