Bloom Energy ServerPosted by WhatWow on 5 Dec, 2010.
Categories Energy, Resources, Technology
The Bloom Energy Server, also known as the Bloom Box, is a device that converts liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons, such as gasoline or propane, to generate electricity in the location in which it will be used. The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) uses an electrochemical conversion process to produce electricity directly from oxidizing a fuel. SOFCs can operate in varying scales with differing amounts of energy output and are considered highly efficient and relatively inexpensive. They can be flexible in fuel usage, stable over the long term, and are advantageous in their silent functioning and low emissions. Bloom Boxes have the potential to shift energy production and power consumption from the conventional model in that power can be produced and consumed on the spot rather than delivered from a centralized location. Future production of home-sized units would allow for a more decentralized and flexible energy system for buildings and cities.