Simply put a Bloom Box is a fuel cell that can be power a single home or a large building (depending on the size of the box).  There, that was easy…

More specifically, the Bloom Box is a solid oxide fuel cell and it combines oxygen and fuel (in this case the leader is natural gas) in a high temperature to create electricity.

Why You Should Care

The promise of the Bloom Box is that it provides more regular electricity than wind and solar at a low cost all with a low carbon footprint, but the fact is that it’s going to be a while before you can care. It’ll be at least 5-10 years before Bloom Box makes the household version of this device available.  Large companies like Google, Walmart and eBay are already test beds for commercial versions (apparently about 15% of eBay’s electricity is coming from these things saving ~$100,000 in 7 months).

The other major benefit of the fuel cell is that the electricity is created basically on-site thereby removing the most inefficient part of the electrical grid…the transmission lines.

Although there has been a lot of hype recently it would seem that the technology at play here is not groundbreaking (for it’s industry), but that Bloom Box may have solved the puzzle of how to make them available to consumers at a reasonable price.

Props to whatever marketing company created this much hype over something that is apparently not really groundbreaking.

Click through for a nice write up from National Geographic.


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