Alternative Energy: The Bloom Box

Large corporations in California have been testing a new device that can apparently generate power on the spot, without being connected to the power grid. They’re saying it’s efficient, clean, and saves them money. The Bloom Box was recently featured on 60 minutes. Check it out:

[Via Techeblog]

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9 Responses to Alternative Energy: The Bloom Box

  1. This news story makes it seem like the box itself generates energy out of thin air. Buried in the story is the fact that you also need to supply fuel to get energy (big surprise). In this case, the fuel is natural gas. (Methane from landfills will only go so far).

    This idea (fuel cells for you home) is about a decade old. The major hangup is cheap fuel cells. If he does have a way to manufacture fuel cells at the cost he is aiming for — that is the big breakthrough.

    I was sad (but not surprised) to see that CBS news and 60 minutes have not improved since the last time I watched it in the 1980's when they were doing an expose on exploding gas tanks in SUVs (suggesting that the tank self-exploded) and neglecting to mention that they used explosives to induce the explosion in the first place.

  2. Eh? What video were YOU watching?"Buried in the story"? Throughout the video I was watching, i.e. the one embedded here, there was constant mentions of fuel.You are the one that's got their facts wrong – you say the idea is about a decade old? If you'd watched the video, which comes with a whole heap of info you seem to think isn't in it, you'd know it's actually near 170 years old.How about you actually pay attention instead of just complaining about CBS?

  3. This technology is being developed by Bloom Energy and most certainly uses natural gas and air, converts it into electricity. There are around 20 major companies testing the device. One of these companies is EBay and has reported a savings of around $200,000. This device can be installed within a neighborhood or even single units can be installed in the home. I will be very interested when this technology comes onto the market. The cost of energy keeps going up and up, it’s about time someone came up with something that will take it the other way.

  4. This technology is being developed by Bloom Energy and most certainly uses natural gas and air, converts it into electricity. There are around 20 major companies testing the device. One of these companies is EBay and has reported a savings of around $200,000. This device can be installed within a neighborhood or even single units can be installed in the home. I will be very interested when this technology comes onto the market. The cost of energy keeps going up and up, it’s about time someone came up with something that will take it the other way.

  5. I'm curious how much oxygen the Bloom Boxes require. If there was a Bloom Box powering every home, would we be depleating the oxygen from the atmosphere? Would we need to offset the boxes by planting more trees (not that that's a bad thing)? I'd like to see some research on that.

  6. The point about eating up oxygen is a valid idea, but my question is also if the price comes down how else can we apply this technology? Could we see a Tesla/Bloom car in the future? Or, seeing as Tesla stays away from Hybrids for the most part, just a new generation of hybrid vehicles?

  7. What you mean is 'deplete the oxygen less or more than however the power at that place is produced now.' It is the net effect that is, at least initially, important.

    • The bloom box also produce's oxygen as a bi-product, this is a friendly alternative not intended to dismantle our power companies or power grids. If every home had just one Bloom box it would reduce the strain on our power grids, ie: no more power block outages for peak summer months, there would be no more peak usage hours. Lean on the Bloom Box or Boxes. Imagine a constant power source during times of disaster. Imagine the Bloom box as the main power cell for electric cars and slowly economically morph our auto industry away from fossil fuels. The pursuit of Cold Fusion, and the Bloom Box technologies should be intensified as the next wave.

  8. What you mean is ‘deplete the oxygen less or more than however the power at that place is produced now.’ It is the net effect that is, at least initially, important.

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