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by Congress:Founder:Sterling D. Allan

Pure Energy Systems News

Feb. 22, 2010

Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley startup, has developed a fuel cell technology that can run on fuels such as natural gas and bio-gas from landfills. Their BloomBox is purported to be cheaper and cleaner than grid power. They envision seeing their fuel cell in every home in five to ten years with the average unit costing less than $3000 USD.

Bloom Energy, is set to publicly launch their technology on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Inventor and CEO, K.R. Sridhar, broke the longstanding silence of his company Sunday, Feb. 21, by doing an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes.

Google was Bloom's first paying customer. A 400 kilowatt BloomBox sits behind one of the buildings on the Mountain View campus and has been powering a large chunk of the building's energy needs since July 2008. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14450048

John Doerr, a principle involved in financing the company, who also financed Netscape, Amazon, Google and Segway as startups, predicts that the power companies will see this as a solution rather than competition. "All you need to do is buy a few BloomBoxes and install them in a neighborhood substation."

Official Website

http://www.BloomEnergy.com – Site launched Feb. 24, 2010

Benefits

Lower/Fix Energy Costs

Save Money & the Environment

Energy Security

More Benefits & Applications

Customers: Google 400 kW Staples 300kW eBay 500 kW Wal-Mart 400 kW Cox Enterprises 400 kW FedEx 500 kW [http://www.bloomenergy.com/customers/customer-story-bank-of-america/ Bank of America 500 kW Coca-Cola 500 kW University of Tennessee Chattanooga Sim Center 5 kW

News

Press Releases

Bloom Energy Debuts Advanced Fuel Cell to Provide Clean, Reliable, and Affordable Power 24/7 (February 24, 2010)

Bloom Energy Announces Industry-Leading Customers (February 24, 2010)

Testimonials

Videos

The Bloom Box: An Energy Breakthrough? – Full segment. (60 Minutes February 21, 2010 5:00 PM)

A Peek Inside the Bloom Box

Teaser segment prior to Sunday, Feb. 21 airing.

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In the world of energy, the Holy Grail is a power source that's inexpensive and clean. Lesley Stahl gets an inside look at one inventor's "energy machine." 60 Minutes, Sunday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. ET/PT. (YouTube February 19, 2010)

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Extra: The Magic Box

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60 Minutes gets the first ever look at this potentially revolutionary energy generating device. (YouTube February 21, 2010)

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Extra: Plug-In Power Plant

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(YouTube February 21, 2010)

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Extra: A Skeptic's View

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Michael Kanellos, editor of the website Greentech Media, has his doubts. (YouTube February 21, 2010)

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Extra: Naming the Bloom Box

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You'll never believe where K.R. Sridhar got the name Bloom. (YouTube February 21, 2010)

How it Works

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Oxygen is combined with fuel within the cell to create a chemical reaction that produces electricity. There's no need for burning or combustion, and no need for power lines from an outside source.

The cell plates are made from sand (turned into ceramic), and are coated with a proprietary ink: green on one side and black on the other.

Photo Gallery

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Fuel cell stacks. Two of these are said to produce enough energy to power the typical U.S. home.

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Profiles

Company: Bloom Energy

Silicon Valley startup.

The company has reportedly raised nearly $400 million in funding. Besides Google, Wal-Mart, Staples, and eBay are also testing them, as is FedEx at its hub in Oakland. Sridhar says he hopes to see the day when the average consumer could buy a unit for less than $3,000. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14450048

Sridhar's son came up with the name "Bloom", to signify the blooming of the future: blooming of jobs, blooming of clean energy. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6228836n

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell joined their board of directors last year.

Inventor: K.R. Sridhar

Sridhar is an India-born scientist with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He first began developing the technology for providing oxygen on Mars. When NASA scrapped that project, he thought to reverse the fuel cell process and use oxygen with fuel to produce electricity.

Resources

In the News

Google News > Bloom Energy 430 returns as of Feb. 22, 2010.

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:BloomBox Fuel Cell by Bloom Energy > Bloom vs. Solar: Which One Is Best? - Bloom is more expensive than solar, but available 24/7, though it has a higher maintenance requirement and shorter warranty period. Solar wins in the carbon footprint category and has already passed through the UL approval hoops. (Wired Feb. 24, 2010)
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Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:BloomBox Fuel Cell by Bloom Energy > 10 Fuel Cell Startups Hot on Bloom Energy’s Trail - While Bloom Energy has raised more VC investment than many of these startups combined, it isn’t unique in aiming its sights at the holy grail of grid parity. Here are 10 startups that could be hot on Bloom Energy’s trail: ClearEdge Power, Ceres Power, Neah Power Systems, ReliOn, P21, ACAL Energy, CellEra, Intelligent Energy, Electro Power Systems, EnStorage. (Earth2Tech Feb. 22, 2010)
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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Cells > Directory:BloomBox Fuel Cell by Bloom Energy > BloomBox poised to make distributed, cleaner power materialize - Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley startup, has developed a fuel cell technology that purportedly will to be cheaper and cleaner than grid power. They envision seeing their fuel cell in every home in five to ten years with the average unit costing less than $3000 USD. (PESN Feb. 22, 2010) (Comments)

Fuel Cell Marvel - Many sources are continuing to excitedly report on the latest in a long line of startups chasing the holy grail of power sources. (Slashdot February 22, 2010)

Is Bloom Energy’s Secret Ingredient Zirconia? - Bloom Energy held its big coming out party last night on 60 Minutes. And while founder K.R. Sridhar went over the potential and promise of the company's Bloom boxes, he got a little vague when it came to what makes it tick. (GreenTechMedia Feb. 22, 2010)

Bloom Energy raises the curtain on its fuel cell technology - Bloom Energy, a Sunnyvale startup that has been working on a fuel cell that would allow homes and businesses to generate their own electricity, is raising the curtain on its technology this week. (Mercury News Feb. 22, 2010)

The Bloom Box: An Energy Breakthrough? - Large corporations have been testing a new device that can generate power on the spot, without being connected to the electric grid. Will we have one in every home someday? Lesley Stahl reports. (60 Minutes February 21, 2010 5:00 PM)

Is Bloom Energy’s Fuel Cell Miracle For Real? - The interwebs are aflutter with excitement over Bloom Energy’s top secret “Bloom Box” fuel cell system finally revealing itself. … Sound like hype? Their PR team has certainly been working in overdrive… (TriplePundit Feb. 20, 2010)

Links

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Contact

http://www.bloomenergy.com/contact-request.php

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