Baltimore taps Bloom Energy fuel cells

Baltimore is turning to Bloom Energy for savings.

Baltimore is looking to Bloom Energy's fuel cells for savings.

Baltimore is bringing in Silicon Valley’s Bloom Energy Corp. to try and help the city save on energy costs.

The city’s Board of Estimates approved Wednesday a non-disclosure agreement with Bloom, best known for its mini “Bloom Box.” The energy-efficient boxes can power buildings from inside rather than from a power grid.

Bloom’s boxes convert natural gas into electricity and are generally cost effective. Singing a nondisclosure agreement with Bloom is the first step to see whether the company could help save money powering some of the city’s high-usage buildings, said Paul Skorochod, chief of business development for the energy division for the Department of General Services.

Skorochod said the city wants Bloom to take a look at some of its high-usage buildings, like police stations and fire stations, and see if it can save them money.

“We want to figure out if we can make this thing work,” Skorochod said. “We want to figure out how much it would cost.”

Read more in the Baltimore Business Journal.

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