Bloom Energy has rapidly deployed fuel cell projects that will support patients affected by Covid-19 at two temporary hospitals in California, US.
The clean energy company quickly set up their microgrids to support expected patient overflow in projects which ensure reliable power for field hospitals treating an overflow of patients with Covid-19.
At the Vallejo site of a national hospital system, Bloom deployed a fuel cell-based microgrid capable of powering a field hospital in the main hospital’s car park to accommodate patient overflow, if needed. Bloom already has 1,200 kilowatts of Energy Servers powering the main hospital, and was able to leverage its on-the-ground capabilities to install the microgrid in only three days, five days ahead of schedule. The microgrid is virtually vibration free and quiet, and occupies only three parking spaces at the site, according to Bloom.
The State of California also called on Bloom to set up a primary power energy solution at Sleep Train Arena, the former home of the Sacramento Kings basketball team, where the system will support a field hospital being assembled by the State to treat overflow Covid-19 patients. Bloom has installed a 400-kilowatt fuel cell-based microgrid to power a training facility on site that will hold approximately 100 hospital beds.
The Sleep Train Arena project was deployed in record time – less than two weeks rather than months – to support California emergency response activities.
Bloom’s Energy Servers provide electricity that can reduce smog-forming pollution and particulate matter by over 99% compared with existing combustion-based power generation sources, according to the California-based company. This ensures that Covid-19 patients with severe respiratory issues breathe clean air.
Bloom Energy chairman and CEO KR Sridhar said, “Our modular energy servers were designed with ‘quick time to power’ as an important value proposition. We advanced our rapid deploy microgrid offering greatly after the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events last year to help customers affected by the wildfire related power outages in California.
“Solving complex technical problems is in our DNA and it is gratifying to the Bloom team that the energy solutions we have spent years developing can be especially useful in this time of national crisis. In the future, we will be able to use this solution for other rapid deploy scenarios for emergency management.”
Bloom has also refurbished over 1,200 ventilators at its Sunnyvale (California) and Newark, (Delaware) facilities, and estimates it can service 2,000 a week if needed. Bloom is providing refurbished ventilators in California, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.