The Bloom Box is getting big play these days:
A U.S. energy company has unveiled a fuel cell that it says can transform the nation’s current system of grid-distributed power into localized energy sources.
The Bloom Energy Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif., says its “Bloom Energy Server” — or “Bloom Box” — is a solid oxide fuel cell that can use a variety of fuel sources to provide “a cleaner, more reliable and more affordable alternative to both today’s electric grid, as well as traditional renewable energy sources.”
Exciting stuff. And I presume there will be a lot more exciting stuff arriving in coming years. This sort of item makes me think about First Energy’s offer to Northwest Ohio communities: Sign up with us for nine years and we’ll give you a 6% discount on a portion of your monthly bill.
First Energy says it’s making the offer so they can figure out how much coal to buy in the next few years. I suspect it’s because they know new technology such as the Bloom Box is about to steal their business.