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
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
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,
“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)