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CenturyLink to power California data center with Bloom Energy Servers

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Program expands on company’s commitment to sustainability with 500 kilowatt clean power project

MONROE, La., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it is expanding its sustainability commitments by installing Bloom Energy fuel cells to generate up to 500 kilowatts of clean, reliable power for one of its California data centers.

The fuel cells, expected to produce nearly 4.4 million kilowatt-hours of annual electricity, will help power cloud, managed hosting and colocation services housed within the data center, located in Irvine, California, and operated by Savvis, a CenturyLink company.

“We must explore our energy alternatives to support advancements in technology and the escalating demand for network and IT infrastructure,” said David Meredith, senior vice president and global general manager for Savvis. “Bloom’s clean fuel cells offer a way for businesses like CenturyLink to promote the continuing evolution of technology without sacrificing their sustainability commitments.”

The Bloom Energy Servers use fuel cells to generate electricity through a clean electrochemical process using air and natural gas. The project will help CenturyLink avoid approximately one million pounds of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions annually and significantly reduce SOx (sulfur oxides), NOx (nitrogen oxides) and other harmful smog-forming particulate emissions.

Bloom Energy has experienced widespread adoption for its servers and a growing demand for its Mission Critical solution, which will be installed at the Savvis California location. This configuration enables CenturyLink to receive primary power for its critical loads from Bloom Energy Servers, protecting those loads from electrical outages without the need for backup UPS and generator systems.

“Bloom Energy is excited to work with CenturyLink in helping it achieve its corporate sustainability goals,” said Peter Gross, vice president of mission critical systems at Bloom Energy. “This project highlights CenturyLink’s long-term vision, and Bloom Energy is excited to be contributing to a new model for data center design and operation that is cleaner and more reliable than the conventional architecture.”

The Bloom system will be fully operational in early to mid-2014.  To see how this program fits in with CenturyLink’s broader sustainability initiatives, visit http://www.centurylink.com/Pages/AboutUs/Community/Environment/.

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, Wal-Mart, 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.

About Savvis
Savvis, a CenturyLink company, provides industry-leading IT infrastructure solutions that keep enterprises powered for business in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. Combining deep, proven experience with personal commitment, Savvis delivers cloud, colocation and managed-hosting services over advanced networks, enabling its clients to focus on their core environments and meet new market opportunities.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

October 7, 2013 - 11:30 AM No Comments

Air Liquide contributes to a large hydrogen filling station network in Germany

Air Liquide, together with its partners of the “H2 Mobility” initiative, has signed a term-sheet agreement to implement a major action plan for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen filling station network in Germany. By 2023, the current German network of 15 hydrogen filling stations will be expanded to about 400 hydrogen stations covering the whole country. The overall investment by all partners will be around €350 million.

This will ensure a need-related supply for the fuel cell electric vehicles available to the market in the coming years. A first step will be the deployment of 100 hydrogen stations in Germany over the next 4 years.

Since 2010, Air Liquide has been a partner of the “H2 Mobility” initiative, aimed at evaluating and contributing to the development of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany, to support the mass production of fuel cell electric vehicles. In 2012, Air Liquide opened its first hydrogen station for the general public in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Group is also a partner of comparable initiatives in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland as well as in Japan.

Air Liquide masters the entire supply chain of hydrogen, from production to storage, distribution and use by the end consumer. In the last decade, the Group has built more than 60 hydrogen stations in the world. Air Liquide stations allow to fill vehicles with gaseous hydrogen in less than 5 minutes.

Alongside the automotive industry, Air Liquide supplies hydrogen for forklift truck fleets for logistics warehouses in France, Canada and the US, as well as for municipal bus fleets.

François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and a member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee, commented: “This agreement represents a major step forward in the construction of a hydrogen filling infrastructure in Germany and beyond in Europe. Hydrogen contributes to the challenges of sustainable mobility: reducing greenhouse gases and local pollution in our cities, and thus ultimately to the preservation of the environment. This project also highlights the commitment of the Air Liquide Group to develop and promote innovative technologies for the deployment of the ‘hydrogen energy’ infrastructure worldwide.”

October 7, 2013 - 6:00 AM No Comments

Green business from recycled dairy wastewater-Hydrogen recovery and electricity production

An innovative new way of treating dairy wastewater and whey could cut water and energy consumption dramatically, saving the food industry millions of euros.

The EU-funded project REWAGEN (’Electrochemical water treatment system in the dairy industry with hydrogen recovery and electricity production’) is currently developing a pilot plant to prototype the innovative treatment.

“The project aims to link wastewater treatment to energy production as an efficient means of managing dairy industry effluents – whey and wastewater,” says project coordinator Alexander Karos of Fraunhofer IGB in Germany. “It will accomplish this by the production of electricity through the recovery and purification of hydrogen generated as a by-product in electro-chemical processes.”

The pilot plant will act as an energy-efficient water-treatment system. The electricity generated through hydrogen conversion is used to operate the system. This solution could be applied for other sectors too, such as biodiesel production, olive processing and animal slaughter.

Since starting in the summer of 2012, the REWAGEN team has already made significant progress. Experiments have begun at the laboratory scale, with the first results from the pilot plant expected towards the end of 2014.

These include a predicted 10 percent reduction in energy consumption, a 30 percent cut in water consumption and a wastewater recycling rate of between 80 and 95 percent.

By 2016, REWAGEN will have developed an environmentally friendly treatment system for dairy wastewater and whey, integrating energy recovery and the reuse of treated water. It will also have developed a way of separating fats and oils, and an electro-oxidation unit to allow for simultaneous wastewater treatment and hydrogen recovery.

“The food and beverage sector is one of the largest industrial sectors in Europe in terms of turnover,” says Karos. “Environmental issues in the food-processing industry are diverse, but one of the main issues is wastewater prevention and treatment.”

Indeed, the food sector has traditionally consumed large quantities of water either as an ingredient, or as a cleaning aid, or as a means of conveyance. By improving the environmental and economic sustainability of wastewater treatment in this sector, REWAGEN has the potential to open up new business opportunities.

“This project will contribute to the growth of the global market for environmental technology and services, the competitiveness of the EU economy and also create jobs,” continues Karos. “It is worth considering that water and wastewater services provide close to 600 000 jobs in Europe, with an overall investment of more than €33 billion annually and a turnover of around €72 billion annually. Therefore, the development of new wastewater- and whey-treatment technologies could open commercial opportunities in an attractive market.”

Jobs could also result from the development and manufacturing of the technology required to produce energy from hydrogen.

Karos adds: “Companies are also looking to invest in technologies to treat emissions with the lowest operative costs possible. This project can therefore stimulate the production of fuel cells or alternative systems capable of converting hydrogen into electrical energy.”

REWAGEN is scheduled for completion in May 2016. The EU provided EUR 4.6 million in funding to the project.

October 7, 2013 - 5:03 AM No Comments