Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our outstanding upcoming Friday, July 12th luncheon tour of the LEED-Gold Washington Gas Springfield Operations Center. We look forward to seeing you at this and other Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter Events. 

Washington Gas' new Springfield Operations Center complex uses a Bloom Energy Server (above), a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that converts natural gas to electricity with few to no emissions compared to conventional grid technology.  


Friday July 12 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM EDT 


Springfield Operations Center
6801 Industrial Road
Springfield, VA 22151

A solid oxide fuel cell is a high temperature fuel cell. Warmed air enters the cathode side of the fuel cell and steam mixes with fuel to produce reformed fuel - which enters on the anode side. As the reformed fuel crosses the anode, it attracts oxygen ions from the cathode. The oxygen ions combine with the reformed fuel to produce electricity, water, and small amounts of carbon dioxide. The water gets recycled to produce the steam needed to reform the fuel. The process also generates the heat required by the ​fuel cell. As long as

Other features of the new Springfield Operations Center include: 89% percent of construction waste diverted from landfills. Purchasing green power to offset at least 70 percent of electricity purchased from the grid. Over 21 percent of the building's materials harvested and manufactured regionally. More than 31 percent of the total building materials used are recycled content. Use of a drip irrigation system, which will reduce landscaping water use by more than 50 percent. Building roofs have a high Solar Reflectance Index -- which reduce the heat island effect. According to the EPA, heat islands can increase "summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness" and affects "water quality."

AEE NCC July 12th Tour - New Washington Gas Springfield Operations Center

there is fuel, 3 air, and heat, the process continues producing clean, reliable, affordable energy. ​

The Bloom Energy Server will run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and provide a clean, efficient, and stable source of energy for the buildings. The server is set to provide up to 35 percent of the electricity demand of the new complex. 

According to Melissa Adams, division head for sustainability and business development, the actions planned to support Washington Gas' carbon reduction goals will prevent the emission of more than 670,000 equivalent metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2020 - equivalent to the amount of emissions generated by combustion of more than 75 million gallons of gasoline or by 130,000 passenger vehicles in one year. 

​​​A fuel cell is like a battery that always runs. As depicted above, the fuel cell consists of three parts: an electrolyte, an anode, and a cathode. The electrolyte is a solid ceramic material, while the anode and cathode are made from special inks that coat the electrolyte. Unlike other types of fuel cells, no precious metals, corrosive acids, or molten materials are required. An electrochemical reaction converts fuel and air into electricity without combustion.