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Feb 27

How long before we’re all “off the grid”?

The Energy Server, otherwise known as the “Bloom Box”, is a fuel-cell that turns natural gas into electricity.   Co-founder of Bloom Energy in California, K.R. Sridhar, unveiled a car-sized unit this week that can deliver up to 100 kilowatts, or enough to power 50 homes.   With further advances, every home in the US could install a shoe-boxed size version of this server in their backyard to be self-sufficient.

While the company is focusing on business applications first, it says a $3,000 consumer version should be available within five to 10 years that would allow homeowners to unplug from the municipal grid entirely.

Companies such as Wal-Mart, Google, Coca-Cola, Ebay and FedEx are already installing Bloom generating units and using them to power their facilities.  Bloom Energy claims that businesses can reduce their carbon footprint by 40 to 100 per cent.

Link to the story that 60 Minutes did on CBS:  http://xr.com/zo6s

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