Firstly, Atmos Energy announced the installation of a natural gas-powered fuel cell at its corporate data center.
Secondly, the system will generate high efficiency, grid-independent electricity with low emissions.
Thirdly, the 460-kilowatt fuel cell generates electricity and heat through an electrochemical process with no combustion or moving parts.
Moreover, the cell delivers up to 90 percent system efficiency and lower emissions, or emissions-free when combined with renewable natural gas or carbon offsets.
Natural gas once again proves it plays a pivotal role in lowering greenhouse gas emissions while increasing reliability to our critical facilities. We are excited to have this innovative technology operational and will continue to explore additional pathways to achieve increased reliability and a low carbon energy future.Jennifer Ries, Atmos Energy vice president of pipeline safety.
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Natural gas fuel cell
Mainly, a natural gas-powered fuel cell offsets approximately three times more carbon dioxide than either solar or wind.
The fuel cell also uses less land than other renewable energy projects; generating nearly 500 times more power per square foot annually than solar or wind.
In addition, the natural gas is the energy of choice for 3.4 million Atmos Energy customers. Moreover, this project demonstrates the important role natural gas plays for the environment.
Finally, Atmos Energy will work to power the fuel cell with renewable natural gas; produced from methane captured at landfills and livestock farms; or combine with carbon offsets to deliver more sustainability.
About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation, an S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the country’s largest natural gas-only distributor.
The company delivers natural gas to more than 3 million distribution customers in over 1,400 communities; across eight states located primarily in the South.
Also, Atmos Energy manages proprietary pipeline and storage assets; including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas.
Read more about Atmos Energy, here.