Owens Corning

Industry

Manufacturing

Established

1938

Headquarters

Toledo, OH

Web site

www.owenscorning.com

Bloom Installation

400 kW
Compton, CA
December 2011

Objective

Achieve 20% reduction in GHG emissions by 2020 while also solving grid outage problems at its Compton, California plant.

"Our roofing and asphalt plant now operates with energy that is more sustainable, cheaper, as well as more reliable with the deployment of Bloom Energy Servers. The 24/7 uninterruptible, high quality power from the Bloom Energy servers has greatly improved the reliability of critical manufacturing processes at the facility."
– Frank O'Brien-Bernini, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer

Owens Corning Installation Photo

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Plant Powered by Bloom Energy Servers

Owens Corning has been well on its way to achieving a company-wide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. But, at its roofing and asphalt plant in Compton, California, it also was facing an average of one or two power outages events per week due to an overloaded local infrastructure.

As a leading global producer of building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, this energy issue was a challenging part of doing business.

Why Bloom?

As a result of these business disruptions and costs associated with them, plant officials in Compton, championed by E&S Leader Nico Armstrong, chose to implement the Bloom Energy Business Continuity solution to enhance the reliability of the plant's critical manufacturing processes by providing 24/7 high quality, uninterruptible power.

Bloom provides unique fuel cell technology to produce onsite electricity without any combustion, thus eliminating harmful smog-forming particulates and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 30 percent compared to the electric grid.

Implementation

Owens Corning partnered with Bloom to install two 200-kilowatt Bloom Energy Servers sized to provide approximately 65 percent of the plant's power over the course of a year.

These improvements are part of OC Compton's plan to achieve its 2020 environmental footprint goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.