The Bloom Box

February 22, 2010 – 60 Minutes did a story on The Bloom Box from Bloom Energy last night and pitched it as a replacement for power plants and substations. The main advantage of the Bloom Box is that the power it creates can be delivered more efficiently than the current power grid and it works like a personal clean power source in a box. Besides oxygen, the Bloom Box will need a fuel source – natural gas or landfill bio-gas (methane) – to generate electricity. And according to Bloom Energy, the Bloom Box can convert natural or landfill gas to electricity at twice the rate of a normal power plant.

Bloom Energy’s showed their box working at Google and eBay but they didn’t show the future home version. Based on the interview, the home version should have a footprint close to the size of a Macintosh cube computer. Watch the video for more information.

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