Bloom Energy Server – Energy Independence Built in the USA

In America’s quest for green energy and the Obama call for entrepreneurship in the development of clean, inexpensive energy all the focus has been on vilifying big business and big oil. The Obama administration is steadily blocking oil companies from drilling and producing domestically “necessarily” forcing energy costs to rise. There is one technology that could go a long way to solving a major energy sector’s problem as long as it isn’t killed or covered up.

What if you could purchase a refrigerator-sized unit that would sit outside your home and produce all the electricity that your entire home needed? That the unit would run silently churning out electricity maintenance free for years. That the unit would run 24 hours per day 365 days a year for pennies a day. That any excess electricity that your personal energy unit produced would go back into the already overtaxed power grid earning revenue to offset your operating costs. You might assume that unit to be solar or wind powered or a combination of both – but you’d be wrong. Enter the Bloom Energy Server.

Bloom Energy began at the University of Arizona as part of the NASA Mars space program. Dr. KR Sridhar and his team were tasked with creating a technology that could sustain life on Mars. They built a device capable of producing air and fuel from electricity, and/or electricity from air and fuel. From that discovery the solution to the world’s electrical energy problem was born.

Bloom Energy’s versatile fuel cell technology is currently providing electricity to many high energy consumers including Staples, Google, eBay, FedEx and more. Customers of the Bloom Server are reporting energy savings and substantially reduced carbon emissions.

The Bloom Server uses natural gas to produce electricity, however, the server is capable of using many other fuel types including propane, and renewable biogas. Read more about Bloom Energy and their energy solution at Bloom Energy’s website.

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3 thoughts on “Bloom Energy Server – Energy Independence Built in the USA”

  1. Why are we messing around with solar, wind and bio-fuels? This unit would solve so many of our foreign energy dependency problems leaving more gasoline for consumption. For three thousand dollars I’d buy two to run my home and sell power back to the grid in a heartbeat. Why haven’t we heard about this innovation more? What is wrong with our energy department?

    1. 1) Not everyone has egonuh sun for solar power.2) Solar cells are difficult and expensive to produce, you can use direct solar heating but it is less efficient and can’t be stored.3) Solar power is fine for domestic use but actually people use a lot of energy. For example water distribution uses a lot of electricity, as do factories.4) Electricity is difficult to move around, and the large open areas suitable for solar “farms” are often far from where power is most needed (in cities). Similarly, more people use power when and where it’s dark and cold.

  2. The sun is a big nuclear reoatcr, it basically fuses hydrogen atoms into helium atoms. This fusion releases a lot of energy in the form of radiation.When radiation reaches earth, it can be used for many pruposes. Heating is easy, because the solar radiation carries a lot of heat, it can be used to heat water without much technology. But if you want to transform solar radiation into electricity, you need more advanced technology, such as photovoltaic cells, which basically use semiconductors to generate electricity out of sunlight.In theory, you can generate over 1,000 watts per square meter of sunlight (under ideal weather conditions, and near the equator), which is a lot of energy. But photovoltaic technology is a bit expensive, so it hasn’t been adopted by a lot of people. There are some solar thermal power plants, that provide electricity for a lot of people by using a heat engine to transform heat into mechanical work, and then transform mechanical work into electricity.

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