Value Statement: Partners Healthcare brings cleaner energy to Massachusetts

Objective: Boost readiness for future winter storms

Headquarters: Somerville

Bloom Installation: Somerville, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Marborough data center

Bloom Energy is helping Partners HealthCare, one of the nation’s leading integrated health systems, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to boost its readiness for future winter storms with new on-site, fuel cell-based electric power systems.

Massachusetts suffered more than 100 outages to its electric power grid in 2017, lasting 55 hours in total, according to the Eaton Blackout Tracker. In excess of 630,000 people were affected by the outages, more than a third of which were caused by bad weather and falling trees.

Following a recent review of the vulnerability of its facilities to storms, floods and other outages, Partners made the decision to continue increasing reliability at its facilities’ by deploying  4.1 megawatts of fuel cell-based energy systems from Bloom Energy at locations throughout Massachusetts.

Partners intends to deploy the new systems at its corporate headquarters in Somerville where more than 4,500 employees from administrative departments are based. They will also be deployed at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and at its 65,000 square foot Marlborough data center. Bloom Energy Servers proved a good fit for Partners’ urban and space-constrained locations, as they are 125 times more space-efficient than solar panels per kilowatt generated.