Constellation, the League’s energy partner, has teamed up with Bloom Energy to provide customers cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy through new fuel cell technology. Fuel cells convert fuel into electricity through a highly efficient electro-chemical process reducing environmental impact and providing backup generation in the event of a power outage. Through power purchase agreements offered by Constellation, customers are able to install the innovative technology with no upfront capital investment and lock in competitive fixed rates for natural gas and electricity supply, enabling them to better manage energy costs and implement further energy conservation measures and other distributed energy options such as solar.
A handful of NHL arenas, including the SAP Center, The Honda Center and the Staples Center have already taken advantage of Fuel Cell technology. Here are their details: In 2012, SAP Center at San Jose became the first multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility to utilize fuel cell technology as a supplemental electricity source. The Bloom boxes replace approximately 90% of the electrical utility power at SAP Center used during non-event hours and approximately 25% of the power used on a Sharks game days.
In 2013, Bloom Energy teamed up with the Honda Center to provide more than half of the power required by the sports and entertainment venue each year. On average, the new installation projected to offset 2 million pounds of CO2 from the venue annually. Honda Center was the second pro-sports and entertainment arena in the country to install the Bloom Energy system.
In 2015, the Staples Center was joined the Bloom Energy movement. Bloom will prove approximately 25% of the power required by the venue each year. The Bloom Energy servers will also reduce Staples Center’s carbon emissions by 2.2 million pounds of carbon annually, a 39 percent reduction compared to electricity purchased from the local utility.