Eaton, a company specializing in energy management, has established a partnership with Bloom Energy to develop a microgrid for a large medical center in California. The collaboration aims to reduce energy costs by up to 20% and greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. The microgrid is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
This project will use Eaton’s smart microgrid controls and approximately 1.75 megawatts (MW) of fuel cells from Bloom Energy. Eaton will also provide turnkey system design services, engineering services, and power distribution equipment to optimize the microgrid for maximum energy savings, reliability, and sustainability.
The health care industry is responsible for approximately 8.5% of US carbon emissions. To address this issue, more than 100 organizations, including Eaton, have joined the White House/HHS Health Sector Commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Ashley Shirk, account executive at Bloom Energy, emphasized the importance of having a reliable power source for critical facilities in the face of increasing uncertainty and high risks.
For his part, Igor Stamenkovic, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services and Systems division, emphasized the need for new clean energy solutions in the healthcare industry to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency, and strengthen stability. This collaboration with Bloom Energy shows how microgrid systems can contribute to decarbonization and provide uninterrupted power in healthcare environments.