Bloom Energy startup

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    Bloom Energy officially unveiled its much-hyped Bloom Energy Server at a press conference today at eBay's headquarters. The 100KW fuel cell is designed to be used off-grid and to cut carbon emissions.

    The launch was attended by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and retired US general Colin Powell, along with representatives from many of the companies which have already purchased units, including eBay, Google, Coca-Cola, FedEx and Staples.

    "When Bloom came to us, it was an easy decision to become an early adopter of its cutting-edge new technology," said John Donahoe, chief executive of eBay.

    "As a result, we are meeting financial and environmental goals, while fuelling a more energy efficient global marketplace. That's good for us, our customers and the planet."

    The solid oxide fuel cell consists of 4in x 4in wafers of baked sand coated with an ink that forms into an anode and cathode. A cheap metal alloy acts as an ion conductor, replacing the platinum used in similar products.

    Bloom Energy Server launches to much fanfare - V3.co.uk - formerly vnunet.com
     
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    Way cool. Still requires a hydrocarbon energy source, but instead of large amounts of heat and smoke, it generates little smoke, lots of heat and electricity. Very very cool. It is going to be interesting to watch this tech take over on all kinds of applications.

    It isn't perfect, but it sure is a lot better than the alternative. They solve the heat problem and the sulfur problem, they will be on their way.
     
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    The key is that is uses zirconium instead of platinum.

    I kept thinking, why not run it on sewer gas?
     

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