Bloom Energy and Cefla to partner on Italian fuel cell deployments
Bloom Energy has partnered with Cefla, a leading Italian engineering, procurement and construction company, for multiple megawatts (MW) of Bloom’s solid oxide fuel cells, expected to be deployed through 2025.
The partnership will expand Bloom’s footprint in Italy and aid in Italian companies’ transition from traditional combustion-based sources of energy to a fuel-cell based Energy Server™ that can efficiently meet critical energy needs.
The partnership between Bloom and Cefla builds on each company’s leadership in energy, enlarging the clean tech suite of offerings available for Italian companies. Cefla will deploy Bloom’s highly efficient Energy Servers, which can be configured to replace traditional combined heat and power (CHP) systems, to address the gas reduction requirement recently approved by European Union energy ministers.
Bloom’s fuel-flexible technology, which can operate on natural gas, biogas or hydrogen, produces electricity without combustion and reduces carbon emissions compared to the grid with near zero harmful smog-forming particulate matter. Over the last 90 years, Cefla has honed its expertise in the design, construction and management of cogeneration plants and energy efficiency projects in both buildings and industrial applications.
“With the events of the past year, Europe’s business and political leaders know that they must focus on improving energy security,” said Tim Schweikert, Senior Managing Director of International Business Development, Bloom. “We believe that Cefla’s choice of Bloom’s technology positions Bloom as a solution for Europe’s new power savings mandate and an important next step in its eventual energy independence.”
“Our partnership with Bloom Energy is a source of great pride for us at Cefla and further strengthens our position as leaders of the Italian energy market,” said Gianmaria Balducci, president of Cefla. “It is an important source of inspiration to improve consistently and develop key innovations in the field of sustainability, continuing to invest in this sector with proposals in line with Green Deal policies and the energy transition. At a time when Europe is in dire need of overcoming its energy shortage, implementing the most efficient technologies is crucial, and fuel cells are unquestionably innovative, even more so as the absence of combustion helps reduce polluting emissions. Bloom Energy is our partner of choice to support us in the field of energy transition, a partner capable of promptly responding to new market requirements and environmental needs. We will work together towards future energy goals and climate challenges.”
This represents Bloom Energy’s second deal with a leading Italian company. Earlier this year, Bloom announced the installation of its Energy Servers as part of Ferrari’s decarbonization project.
In addition, Cefla has invited Bloom to exhibit in their booth at Ecomondo 2022, the leading green technology event for the Mediterranean basin, which will be held in Rimini, Italy from November 8 to 11, 2022. Added Schweikert, “With Ecomondo, Cefla is helping Bloom to introduce its technology to decision-makers in Europe and beyond.”