Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Bloom Box is the future of energy

Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy has invented what some are calling the
power plant in a box, a little square shape device which is about the size
of a brick is said to be able to power an entire home.

With the Bloom Box You'll generate your own electricity wirelessly with out
the need for addition equipment in the home, Bloom Energy ultimate goal with
the box is to get rid of the need for big power plants

and transmission line grids. Co-founder and chief executive, K.R. Sridhar,
while working as a director of the Space Technologies Laboratory at the
University of Arizona, was approached by NASA and asked him to find a way to
make life sustainable on Mars. The first project his lab came up with was a
device that would use solar power and Martian water to drive a reactor cell that generated oxygen to breathe
and hydrogen to power vehicles, from that came the Bloom Box.
Breakthrough technology that will revolutionize the way we think of energy

The Bloom Box is a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that uses liquid or gaseous
hydrocarbons (such as gasoline, diesel or propane produced from fossil or
bio sources) to generate electricity on the site where it will be used,
According to the company, a single cell (one 100mm × 100mm metal alloy plate
between two ceramic layers) generates 25 watts. In an interview with CBS, company co-founder K.R. Sridhar was asked about
whether the box is intended to replace the utility companies he responded by
saying, "The Bloom box is intended to replace the grid...for its customers.
It's cheaper than the grid, it's cleaner than the grid." So far the small
startup claims to have 20 large corporations as customers testing Bloom
boxes in California. FedEx, Walmart, Google to name a few are all on board. Many skeptics would point out the fact that fuel cells have underdelivered
on their promise over the years but the company is worried and is very
confident about their device. "Our system can use fossil fuels like natural
gas. Our system can use renewable fuels like landfill gas, bio-gas," Sridhar
said in an interview, Bloom's corporate boxes cost about $700,000 to
$800,000 and have a three- to five-year payback period, the company
estimates. As the device begins the mass production phase each home sized
Bloom device will cost under $3000, "We are twice as efficient as the U.S.
national grid, which means we can produce the same amount of electricity for
half the fuel and half the carbon footprint," Sridhar says.

Many Analysts and Energy Brokers
are predicting that Bloom could do very well in U.S. states that subsidize
alternative energy technologies, such as California, New York, and
Connecticut. We have to wait and see what impact the Bloom Box will have on
our ever growing need for energy. Bloom boxes will power not just our
richest companies, but remote villages in Africa and all our houses said
Sridhar. http://www.huliq.com/10180/bloom-box-future-energy

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