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if this is true, which it looks like

it will be AMAZING!!!!

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The Future Of Energy? Bloom Energy Boxes Already Power Google, eBay, Others

by MG Siegler on Feb 22, 2010
Over the past several years, there’s been no shortage of talk about alternative energy, and its potential to change the world. The problem is that most of it is just that — talk. But tonight, a report that aired on 60 Minutes showed one alternative that is not only real, it’s already being tested by companies such as Google and eBay. You simply have to watch this.

Bloom Energy are producing tiny fuel cell boxes they call “Bloom Boxes.” Two of these can apparently power a U.S. home (and only one for homes in countries that use less power). So how small are they? Look at the picture above, each device isn’t much bigger than a standard brick. Of course, they need to be surrounded by a larger unit that takes in an energy source (such as natural gas). But still, these units look to be about the size of a refrigerator and can easily fit outside of a home, providing it with clean, cheap energy.

Currently, these boxes cost some $700,000-$800,000, but eventually, founder K.R. Sridharenvisions one in every home — and he thinks he can get the cost below $3,000 for a unit to make that happen. And he’s talking a 5 to 10 year timeframe for this.

Naturally, there are plenty who are skeptical of something like this ever working. There have been no shortage of fuel cell ideas over the years, but none get their own segment on 60 Minutes showing working units. And none get to highlight the fact that they’re already installed at companies like Google, eBay, FedEx and others. In fact, four of these Bloom Boxes have apparently been powering a Google datacenter for the past 18 months. eBay says their five boxes have saved them over $100,000 in electricity costs over the past nine months.

Bloom Energy also has former Secretary of State Colin Powell on its board of directors, and he talked up the Bloom Boxes on 60 minutes tonight also. And the company has something in the neighborhood of $400 million in funding from the likes of Kleiner Perkins and others. Kleiner’s John Doerr is also featured heavily in the 60 Minutes segment, talking about why he thinks this company can change the world perhaps even in a more profound way that another company he backed, Google, has. Bloom Energy was Kleiner’s first green tech investment.

Again, just watch the video and decide for yourself whether to be skeptical or amazed at this point. Right now, I’m definitely in the latter camp considering this thing is already being tested out. Apparently, Bloom Energy is due for a big formal public unveiling on Wednesday in San Jose (they have a countdown up on their site) —expect to hear a lot more then.

[link to techcrunch.com]


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"Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace." Bill Hicks (1961-1994)
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So far I see that this fuel cell requires oxygen and an unnamed fuel. Anybody know what the fuel is and how much is required?

It sounds like possibly a more effecient way to convert one form on energy (fuel) to another (electricity), without the mechinical step.

Never mind..natural gas at half the rate needed with current technology.

But not a fuel 'source' as implied
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the idea has been around for a while

very interesting that the TTBs are allowing this tech to be used now in public
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"Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace." Bill Hicks (1961-1994)
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"Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace." Bill Hicks (1961-1994)
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So far I see that this fuel cell requires oxygen and an unnamed fuel. Anybody know what the fuel is and how much is required?

It sounds like possibly a more effecient way to convert one form on energy (fuel) to another (electricity), without the mechinical step.

Never mind..natural gas at half the rate needed with current technology.

But not a fuel 'source' as implied
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Here is a clue, a former cotton farmer from Arizona owns the patents.
They are about to expire.
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So far I see that this fuel cell requires oxygen and an unnamed fuel. Anybody know what the fuel is and how much is required?

It sounds like possibly a more effecient way to convert one form on energy (fuel) to another (electricity), without the mechinical step.

Never mind..natural gas at half the rate needed with current technology.

But not a fuel 'source' as implied



Here is a clue, a former cotton farmer from Arizona owns the patents.
They are about to expire.
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who are you referring to? When was the patent awarded? When is it about to expire?
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So far I see that this fuel cell requires oxygen and an unnamed fuel. Anybody know what the fuel is and how much is required?

It sounds like possibly a more effecient way to convert one form on energy (fuel) to another (electricity), without the mechinical step.

Never mind..natural gas at half the rate needed with current technology.

But not a fuel 'source' as implied
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Not sure but a UK firm makes a thing that you fill up with water you hook it up to a wind turbine or solar panel and it makes hydrogen, you can then power your home and fill up your car for free.
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Someone's probably going to die soon. Everytime they get close, tptb knock them off.
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@ $700K a pop to power one home, I'll click sometime next year when they are more affordable!
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Someone's probably going to die soon. Everytime they get close, tptb knock them off.
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Why it's real tech that you can make yourself in a shed or go buy from one of the many firms doing it, it's just most seem happy to keep paying utility bills.
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I hope this guy goes underground quick
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[link to news.bbc.co.uk]
A hydrogen refuelling station which could be installed in the home as an alternative to visiting a petrol station has been unveiled.

Users will need a hydrogen-powered car to go with it although the system can also be used for heating and cooking.
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the article says it uses natural gas to make the electricity. wonder how much savings you will be able to really see.
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@ $700K a pop to power one home, I'll click sometime next year when they are more affordable!
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in 10 years you will see this tech in every household
and yes, it will be MUCH more affordable
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@ $700K a pop to power one home, I'll click sometime next year when they are more affordable!



in 10 years you will see this tech in every household
and yes, it will be MUCH more affordable
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It sure will

I bet all gas companies are grinning now with the prospect of selling an expensive new fuel, that costs them less than the actual ones, but can be sold by double the price.
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@ $700K a pop to power one home, I'll click sometime next year when they are more affordable!



in 10 years you will see this tech in every household
and yes, it will be MUCH more affordable
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As long as the gas supplies hold out. Natural gas is the cheapest fuel (besides possible fuel oil), but propane is expensive.

When the natural gas runs out we will be forced to 'gasify' coal, how expensive would that be?
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@ $700K a pop to power one home, I'll click sometime next year when they are more affordable!



in 10 years you will see this tech in every household
and yes, it will be MUCH more affordable

As long as the gas supplies hold out. Natural gas is the cheapest fuel (besides possible fuel oil), but propane is expensive.

When the natural gas runs out we will be forced to 'gasify' coal, how expensive would that be?
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In the video he said residential models about would run 3,000 per house !

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The cool idea is that methane from trash can power the unit

Back to the future!
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bump for awareness
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@ $700K a pop to power one home, I'll click sometime next year when they are more affordable!



in 10 years you will see this tech in every household
and yes, it will be MUCH more affordable


It sure will

I bet all gas companies are grinning now with the prospect of selling an expensive new fuel, that costs them less than the actual ones, but can be sold by double the price.
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+1, I dont see how trading one addiction for another makes any diffence? So once millions/billions of these are around the world burning up natural gas what will that do?
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So now would be the time to invest in natural gas companies, I suppose. Woo-hoo, we've got our next bubble to jump on!
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eBay 5 boxes @ appx $4million US...

Then they saved $100,000 in 9 months...

Only a 30 year return on invetsment...

rolleyes
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I always have to laugh at this type of stuff. The tech for clean easy energy has been around, the problem is there is no way to get it to market with out adding a bunch of waste to it. Even preheating the gasoline in your car would make it more efficient.. but this is NOT allowed.
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@ $700K a pop to power one home, I'll click sometime next year when they are more affordable!



in 10 years you will see this tech in every household
and yes, it will be MUCH more affordable


It sure will

I bet all gas companies are grinning now with the prospect of selling an expensive new fuel, that costs them less than the actual ones, but can be sold by double the price.



+1, I dont see how trading one addiction for another makes any diffence? So once millions/billions of these are around the world burning up natural gas what will that do?
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Seeing as a good deal of electricity is already being produced by natural gas and that this method is more efficient in both the production and delivery it really makes sense. Plus natural gas is pretty abundant. If the ever built a gas line from Alaska natural gas prices would collapse.
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how are they going to get costs down from 800k a unit to 3k. that seems like a stretch.
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Fuel cells use natural gas or hydrogen as a fuel. Actually they strip the hydrogen off the natural gas molecule and use that. There's a few companies that have been goofing around with fuel cells for years now. They just aren't economically feasable except the those willing to spend big bucks for the neato factor.

Someday, though, they will break that cost/benefit barrier with the masses.

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It's always "5-10 years away" I'll believe it when I see it.
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LOL

please.

have ANY of these idiots heard of the Tesla tower?

friction created by solar radiation and the earths magnetic field is stored in the ionosphere as an instantly usable and instantly renewable energy source, that has a life span of the sun.

this definitely is 2010BC.
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Wow, the US government should use some of its "magic money" to buy the patent. Begin creating these in mass and sell them to us poor abused US Citizens creating jobs, more money and "power" in every home. What an uplifting idea. JOBS, JOBS, JOBS and real MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, to replace "magic money" and POWER, POWER, POWER. GO Team USA< USA< USA<<<<<<<<<

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