Sharks Sports & Entertainment Activates Bloom Energy Servers™ at Hp Pavilion at San Jose
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Technology To Provide Cleaner, More Reliable, and More Affordable Energy Source To Bay Area's Premier Sports and Entertainment Venue
SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 29, 2012 — Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE), manager of the San Jose City-owned HP Pavilion at San Jose, announced today the activation of Bloom Energy Servers™ at HP Pavilion at San Jose, the Bay Area's premier sports and entertainment facility. Installation of these energy servers will provide a cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy source to power the venue which serves as home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League and hosts a multitude of sports and entertainment events annually. The installation of these energy servers was completed in October and they are already in use. With the implementation of the Bloom Energy Servers, HP Pavilion at San Jose becomes the first multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility to utilize fuel cell technology as a supplemental electricity source. Sharks Sports & Entertainment also utilizes Bloom Energy Servers™ at Sharks Ice at San Jose, a public recreational ice facility owned by the City of San Jose and managed by SSE.
By installing the Bloom Energy Servers™, HP Pavilion at San Jose is using cheaper and cleaner electricity to power the venue. The Bloom boxes (two 200kw servers), which are utilized by other corporations throughout San Jose and the Silicon Valley including Google, eBay, and Adobe, replace approximately 90% of the electrical utility power at HP Pavilion used during non-event hours and approximately 25% used on a Sharks game day. Due to the efficiency of the Bloom box, HP Pavilion at San Jose will reduce its carbon footprint by 4.8 million pounds of CO2 over a ten-year period. That equates to taking 427 passenger vehicles off the road.
By electing to install the Bloom Energy Servers at HP Pavilion, Sharks Sports & Entertainment continues to demonstrate its support of the City of San Jose and its goals found in its Green Vision, Economic Development Strategy, and Climate Action Plan.
"We are pleased to be utilizing the technology pioneered by Bloom Energy to reduce the carbon footprint of HP Pavilion at San Jose," said Jim Goddard, General Manager at HP Pavilion at San Jose. "Utilizing the Bloom Energy Servers allows us to further the City's Green Vision while continuing to bring national and international sporting events, concerts and family shows to San Jose that our patrons will enjoy."
"Congratulations to HP Pavilion for being the first arena in the nation to implement Bloom Energy's cutting-edge fuel cell technology," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. "As the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a hub of clean tech innovation, and it is fitting that our arena would showcase how investing in renewable energy can reduce long-term operating costs and save energy."
"We are thrilled to play an increasing role in the Sharks' ongoing efforts to utilize clean and reliable energy, and proud to bring innovative and sustainable solutions to the San Jose community," said Josh Richman, VP of Business Development at Bloom Energy.
About HP Pavilion at San Jose
HP Pavilion at San Jose hosts nearly 100 sporting events annually including more than 40 San Jose Sharks regular season home games and the SAP Open men's professional tennis event. The building hosts approximately 150 events every year — including Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners and a variety of family and children's favorites that account for more than 170 event days. Pollstar, the leading concert industry trade magazine, nominated HP Pavilion at San Jose as "Arena of the Year" for 2005 and 2007. In 2007, Pollstar also recognized HP Pavilion at San Jose based on non-sports attendance as fourth in North America, top 10 in the world. Over the past 10 years, HP Pavilion at San Jose has consistently been in the Top 5 in North America and top 10 in the world.
About San Jose's Green Vision
Adopted in October 2007, the San José Green Vision is the city's roadmap to becoming the Center of Clean Tech Innovation. An ambitious 15-year plan, the Green Vision charts 10 bold goals for creating clean tech jobs, conserving energy, using renewable energy sources, developing sustainably, reducing waste, recycling water, greening the city fleet, planting trees, and connecting trails. The plan is designed to help create thousands of new jobs, grow city revenues, expand our local economy, and demonstrate how deploying clean and green technology is fiscally responsible. For more information, visit http://greenvision.sanjoseca.gov/.
About The City Of San Jose
From its founding in 1777 as California's first city, San Jose has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley — the world's leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, to work and to live. For more information, visit, www.sanjoseca.gov.
About Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy is a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology generating clean, highly-efficient onsite power from multiple fuel sources. Founded in 2001 with a mission to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world, Bloom Energy Servers are currently producing power for several Fortune 500 companies including Google, Walmart, AT&T, eBay, Staples, The Coca-Cola Company, as well as notable non-profit organizations such as Caltech and Kaiser Permanente. Also, with its Mission Critical Systems practice, Bloom Energy provides grid-independent power for critical loads in data centers and manufacturing. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit www.Bloomenergy.com.