Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  April 25, 2019

Agilent lowers footprint with fuel cells

Agilent Technologies, a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics, and applied chemical markets, is now using clean electric power at its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. and a business unit in Little Falls, Del. to reduce its carbon footprint by almost 4,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

The company recently installed Bloom Energy Servers, capable of producing 3.5 megawatts of power in both locations. The ‘Always On’ Bloom Energy Servers will reduce net water use and improve air quality by replacing most of the power Agilent previously drew from the grid. These servers generate electricity without combustion, instead using solid oxide fuel cell technology.

As energy use is the biggest contributor to Agilent’s environmental footprint, the company has committed to reducing energy consumption by 10%. To reach this goal, Agilent has commissioned more than 18 energy- and water-conservation projects at its sites around the world, leading to a potential annual energy saving of about 8,000-megawatt hours.

“We are proud of our longstanding commitment to sustainability and believe it’s our responsibility to help build a better world,” said Mike McMullen, president, and CEO of Agilent Technologies, in a statement. “The work we do truly reflects our values, our mission and is a foundation of our culture.”

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