Saturday, July 30, 2011

Positive News!

what's the future gonna be like Daddy?
"CBS)  In the world of energy, the Holy Grail is a power source that's inexpensive and clean, with no emissions. Well over 100 start-ups in Silicon Valley are working on it, and one of them, Bloom Energy, is about to make public its invention: a little power plant-in-a-box they want to put literally in your backyard...."
Here's how it works. The Bloom Box is actually full of modules that are about twice the size of your fist. Each module contains a fuel cell about as slim as a cracker. The fuel cell operates by oxygen flowing through one side--fuel on the other--resulting in a chemical reaction that creates electricity. One of these cells can power a light bulb. One module full of these cells can fuel an apartment; two can power the average-sized American home. It's a marvelous example of why space exploration and military spending are a GOOD thing, despite what those on the left may say--Sridhar, a former NASA advisor, originally designed this fuel cell t create oxygen for a potential space mission to Mars. After NASA scrapped that project, he re-engineered the
the cell, designing it to have oxygen flow into the cell and react with fuel....
My instinct tells me that if large firms, especially Wal-Mart, are investing in this technology, they are on to something. As I have always insisted, clean technology will only succeed if it is scalable and cost-effective. As more companies invest and Bloom Energy can bring the cost down, the potential for these boxes is huge. Remote villages off of the grid would have electricity. Utilities could purchase these for their substations. And since these boxes can work with any potential energy source, operating them off of America's natural gas reserves until alternative sources of energy become cheaper will wean us away from fossil fuels. Then you have the smart grid contraptions . . . we may be on to something!"

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