Benluru to have mega tower powered by electricity generated using natural gas


BENGALURU, Aug 29: Bloom Energy, Atelier Global,

GAIL (India) Ltd, IOC, and representatives of the US-India

Strategic Partnership Forum, on Thursday announced a

commercial real estate development here that will be powered

by clean reliable electricity generated using natural gas.

Atelier, a real estate developer, has conceptualised

Whitefield Tower, a business-hospitality development with 6.9

lakh square feet of premium offices housing “business checks

in,” 2 levels of “shoppable entertainment,” 60-room boutique

hotel, high-end co-working spaces among others.

Upon its completion, the Whitefield Tower will be a

first-of-its-kind development with 87,000 sq. ft. floor

plates, large spans measuring 15 metres, fresh air

architecture, central core design, 4.5-meter heights and 100

per cent daylight harvesting, a Bloom Energy release said.

Atelier plans for one megawatt of power for the

development to be provided by Bloom Energy Servers running on

natural gas provided by GAIL.

Developed in Silicon Valley, the Bloom Energy Server is

the world’s most efficient commercially available electricity

generation device, the release claimed.

It produces power without combustion through an

electrochemical process which generates virtually no

smog-forming emissions.

Bloom Energy Servers can operate using natural gas,

biogas from landfills, food or animal waste, or hydrogen as

fuel, it was stated.

The Bloom Energy Server development at Whitefield Tower

is the first natural gas-powered solid oxide fuel cell project

in India since the launch of the US-India Gas Task Force, the

release said.

The task force was established by Minister of Petroleum

and Natural Gas Dhamendra Pradhan and US. Department of Energy

(DOE) Secretary Rick Perry in April 2018 to support the Indian

government’s goal to increase the share of natural gas in

India’s energy mix from 6.5 per cent to 15 per cent by 2030,

it said.

“The Whitefield Tower development is a fine example of

the potential of natural gas power to transform electricity

generation in India,” said Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi, former

Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL, in the statement.

“GAIL gas has developed a robust infrastructure to

deliver reliable power to customers that will support the

growth of Bloom Energy in Bengaluru and neighboring areas,”

said A K Jana, CEO of GAIL Gas. (PTI)