Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bloom Box - Energy Revolution in the Making?

Will this be it? The next era in energy and power revolution?

I know it sounds too good to be true, but that's exactly what K.R. Sridahr and Bloom Energy say they're about to da as their Bloom Box reaches public announcement (scheduled for tomorrow.)

Can you imagine powering an entire home thanks to just two small cubes (like the ones in the image)?

And forget those noise mechanical generators, this has absolutely no moving parts, and relies on "simple" chemical reactions - a fuel cell - but unlike the other available fuel cells, this one is expected to be much more affordable. At least, once it get to "mass production", in 5 to 10 years.
electrochemical reactions are much more efficient than combustion to shaft to electrical generation techniques

K.R. Sridahr invented one such thing for NASA a while back, for operation on Mars, but his sights are set on a more earthly goal this time: to place a Bloom Box in every home within a decade.

And if you think this is but a mad dream with no real product, let me tell you that Google has been using Bloom Boxes for over a year now, and other big players are using it as well, Ebay, FedEx, etc. have been evaluating Bloom Boxes with seemingly great results and savings.

If all goes well, we might expect to have a small sized noiseless "magic box" that can power up all our electronics, greatly reducing the stress on (or even removing the need for) our costly electric infrastructure.

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