Posts Tagged "fuel-cell"

Fuel Cells ready for mass market
by TECHSTAR on MARCH 29, 2010 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Oorja Protonics, which specializes in methanol fuel cells, is soon to release a product able to run a home or small business.

Check out the video on the next page: the 5-kilowatt fuel cell fits on top of a gurney. Its about the same size as a suitcase and the power costs about 25cents per kilowatt hour.

“You could use it for auxiliary power for trucks, RVs or marine applications, or for off-grid power for homes or farms,” said CEO Sanjiv Malhotra. “This pays for itself in less than 12 months” compared to conventional power.

For larger applications, the fuel cells can be chain-ganged together. Connect twenty of them and they would be capable of generating 100 kilowatts of power — as much energy as the recently unfurled Bloom Energy Server, but at a tiny fraction of the price. (more…)

Boom time for Bloom Box
by TECHSTAR on FEBRUARY 21, 2010 - 12 Comments in ENERGY, EVENTS

KR and his billionaire backer

A new but still unseen fuel cell technology that its creator claims can be an off-grid source of cheap energy, and clean power,  is about to get its formal debut

Bloom Energy’s much-hyped fuel cell, known as the Bloom Box, will take place at eBay’s headquarters in California tomorrow (24 Feb).  Bloom Box is already being trialed on the campuses of Google and eBay among others. FedEx, Wal-Mart and Staples are among a score of Fortune 100 companies that have signed up as Bloom Box clients to save million in electricity costs. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, among those who endorse the technology, is on the Board of Directors of Bloom Energy, an eight-year old stealth start-up that raised more than $ 400 million from Silicon Valley’s venture capitalists who have installed Bloom Boxes in their own bug-out locations. (more…)
Home hydrogen to spark energy revolution?
by ALEXBENADY on JANUARY 8, 2010 - 10 Comments in EVENTS
George Gu - CEO

George Gu - CEO

An off-grid energy revolution was launched this week with the unveiling of the world’s first domestic hydrogen generator at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Although domestic hydrogen fuel cells are already on the market, their use has been limited by the availability of hydrogen. They have depended on the supply of bottled industrially produced hydrogen, or metal hydride canisters to make them work.

The ‘Hydrofill’ which can fit on a desk top is a hydrogen refuelling and storage device that plugs into any available power source –mains electricity, solar panels or wind turbine. (more…)

Comfortonomy
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 17, 2008 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101
Fuel cell powered electric vehicle
Podesser: reviving the electric car

The fuel cell used to be part of the future – a next gen technology that was perpetually just around the corner.

Now it has arrived for real. It means reliable off-grid power at times and places when the wind and sun are unavailable. And that in turn means off-grid comfort.
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Fight for local energy
by LYDIA POLZER on AUGUST 25, 2007 - 0 Comments in PEOPLE
K.R. Sridhar and Arnold Schwarzenegger
KR sells off-grid to Arnie

In a feature on companies that will disrupt existing businesses, Business 2.0 cites power company Bloom Energy

THE DISRUPTION: Energy generators in homes and businesses

THE DISRUPTED: Electric utilities

Making electricity in central power plants is so 20th century,says the report. K.R. Sridhar has a better idea: Create energy on the spot, right where it’s consumed. His startup, Bloom Energy (formerly known as Ion America), is developing a fuel cell that could kick-start the distributed-energy industry. (more…)


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