Softbank Installs First Bloom Energy Server In Japan

SoftBank Installs First Bloom Energy Server in Japan Bloom Energy Japan Limited (Tokyo, Japan, Representative Director and CEO: Shigeki Miwa, hereafter “Bloom Energy Japan”) today announced its first installation of the “Bloom Energy Server,” an innovative and clean electricity generation system, at the Fukuoka M-TOWER on November 25 in Fukuoka City. This marks the first installation of the Bloom Energy Server outside the U.S.A where Bloom Energy Corporation (Sunnyvale, USA, Principal Co-Founder and CEO: Dr. KR Sridhar, hereafter “Bloom Energy”) began operations. The Bloom Energy Server installed at Fukuoka M-TOWER can produce 200 kilowatts of power and provides 75% of the building's electricity consumption.

This first installation is an important milestone for Bloom Energy Japan and represents a new path forward for safe and reliable electricity generation in Japan. The Bloom Energy Server is a breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean electricity from multiple fuel sources such as city gas and biogas at a starting electrical efficiency of over 60 percent. The Bloom Energy Server has been installed in many locations that require uninterrupted power supply such as data centers, manufacturing operations, communications, and facilities with high energy loads including refrigeration and critical services in the U.S.A.

“I am delighted that we have installed our first Bloom Energy Server in Japan. I believe that Bloom's clean, reliable, and safe on-site electricity will become one of the solutions for businesses in the future, and this installation is a significant milestone for SoftBank to further drive the adoption of innovative, clean energy” said Masayoshi Son, SoftBank Group Representative, and the owner of the Fukuoka M-TOWER.

On the occasion of the first Bloom Energy Server going into operation outside the U.S.A. and the first in Japan, Dr. KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and CEO of Bloom Energy, commented, “Japanese businesses now have an alternative energy solution that gives them control over their energy destiny. This project signifies not only an exciting start for our partnership with SoftBank in Japan, but also a first step toward our mission to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy to everyone in the world.”

“Bloom Energy is creating a new way for generating energy and changing the dynamics of electrical production and distribution throughout the world,” commented the honorable General Colin Powell, the Former United States Secretary of State and a member of Bloom Energy's Board of Directors. “It's a pleasure to be a part of this celebration this morning and I want to congratulate everyone involved in bringing Bloom Energy Japan to life.”

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who made it possible for us to start operating Japan's first Bloom Energy Server,” said Shigeki Miwa, Representative Director and CEO of Bloom Energy Japan. He added, “We will work to empower Japan's adoption of the Bloom Energy Server, a clean and highly efficient breakthrough technology, and thereby help contribute to the nation's energy security and economy.”

By selling electricity generated by the Bloom Energy Servers, Bloom Energy Japan will contribute to sustainable and stable energy provision and economic development in Japan.