Bloom Box

Ready for the ultimate in green energy? If you watched 60 Minutes last night, you possibly caught a glimpse of the future.

The Bloom Box is a small, block-shaped power supply. Two of them can power your average American home, according to K.R. Sridhar, founder of Bloom Energy, who was on the popular news magazine program last night.

The original technology is derived from an oxygen generator that was originally meant for a scrapped NASA Mars program.  The technology has been ported into a private fuel cell (albeit, with the help of an estimated $400 million in private funding).

Bloom Energy’s design pipes oxygen into one side of the cell while fuel is supplied to the other side to create the chemical reaction necessary for power.

Fun fact: a stack of 64 cubes can power a small business like Starbucks.

In case you were wondering, several businesses are already using Bloom Boxes for energy. The corporate-sized cells have been installed at places like FedEx and Wal-Mart.  In fact, Google was first on the scene, using Bloom Boxes to power a data center for the last 18 months. Ebay has also installed boxes on the front lawn of its San Jose location.

Bloom Energy will go public with more details on Wednesday.  You can view the 60 Minutes video below:

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