Bengaluru: 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.

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“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.





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