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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Color me officially intrigued by Bloom Energy

Heaven only knows how many alternative energy schemes have been proposed over the years, only to watch all of 'em that come to mind fail to deliver the promised goods of cheap, clean power.

But having read about it for the past few weeks, and now seeing what was unveiled yesterday by the company, I think there's a LOT of potential in what Bloom Energy has come up with.

Imagine ten years from now, having a brick-sized energy server supplying all of the electricity to your house. No power lines or anything. A few weeks ago my house went 22 hours without power during a severe winter storm, along with 43,000 other people in this county. That would be a thing of the past, along with monthly bills from the power company.

Well, possibly. PCWorld's website has ten questions about the Bloom Energy Server that lots of folks will probably be asking.

Can't wait to see how this unfolds :-)


Andy said...

Remember that hydrogen is an energy carrier, not an energy source. You can't dig it out of the ground, you have to "make" it from something else.

Natural gas, on the other hand, is a primary source, and these fuel cells can convert it. Along with the electricity, though, you get other chemical by-products that you have to dispose of.

To be sure, these are a great idea, but they're not the end of our search.