The Kraft Group has added to its portfolio of clean energy solutions powering Gillette Stadium with the introduction of fuel cell technology from Bloom Energy.
Gillette Stadium is the region’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home to the New England Patriots and New England Revolution. The stadium attracts New England’s largest summer concerts, hosts an array of other sporting events, and operates with office and function space that is utilized year-round. Bloom Energy Servers provide the stadium with 2 megawatts of power, supplying nearly 50% of the 65,878-seat stadium’s energy needs.
The energy servers are composed of solid oxide fuel cells and generate electricity without combustion using a highly efficient, electrochemical process. The use of Bloom Energy Servers is expected to reduce nearly 1,500 metric tons of CO2 each year.
The Kraft Group has already implemented several other clean energy and energy efficiency measures, including 500 kilowatts of combined heat and power at Gillette Stadium and 1 megawatt of solar panels throughout Patriot Place.
“Professional sports teams have the ability to leverage their visibility and following to drive social impact in the communities that support them,” said Dan Middleton, senor vice president of Americas at Bloom Energy. “The Kraft Group is leading the charge for sustainability, minimizing its own environmental impact by utilizing all available technologies and serving as a role model for other organizations to follow.”
“Good business and sustainability go hand in hand,” said Jim Nolan, COO of Gillette Stadium. “The addition of Bloom Energy Servers provides power that is not only clean but also reliable and always-on for stadium-goers and the community.”
The Bloom Energy Servers were installed in a microgrid-ready configuration, allowing the stadium to easily upgrade to a microgrid. A microgrid is a localized power grid that can disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously. Bloom’s AlwaysON Microgrid solution provides enhanced resiliency in the face of grid outages and extreme weather events along with predictable energy costs. Planning for the future in this way aligns with the Kraft Group’s goal for Gillette Stadium to be the first stadium in the world to operate independently of the traditional electric grid.
Bloom Energy Servers also power the Honda Center, SAP Center, and STAPLES Center sporting arenas.