Hyatt Hotels Corp. has kicked its sustainability efforts up a notch by establishing a new relationship with Bloom Energy, a fuel cell technology company that manufactures on-site power generation systems, it announced last week.
The partnership's first product is a 500kW fuel cell at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Greenwich, CT, that will provide up to 75 percent of the hotel's energy load. The fuel cell is expected to generate "significant" cost savings for the property, and to reduce the hotel's carbon emissions by 40 percent compared to electricity purchased from the grid.
"We are excited to embark on this project with Bloom Energy; climate change is a critical issue we collectively face, and Hyatt has been focused on reducing our impact, primarily through energy efficiency measures," said Brigitta Witt, global head of corporate responsibility for Hyatt. "Through this new relationship with Bloom Energy, we have the ability to explore technology that has not yet been widely incorporated across hotels as a way to reduce our carbon emissions and energy costs. Our work with Bloom Energy ties directly into our dual commitment of being efficient operators and good stewards of the environment."
Added Bill Thayer, executive vice president of sales for Bloom Energy, "Bloom Energy congratulates Hyatt on its progress toward its greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability goals, and we are excited to recognize Hyatt Regency Greenwich as the first Bloom-powered hotel."
Bloom Energy's technology combines fuel with ambient oxygen to produce electricity through a highly efficient, combustion-free electrochemical reaction. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com