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Posted by harry k on February 23, 2010, 3:13 pm

What is up with this?  I haven't seen or heard anything about it
except for this thread.  Someone tells me they will power a house with
a 6" cube and replace all electrical distrubution systems and I will
be looking for the guys inthe white coats.

I would think that news such as that would be all over the media.


"Did anyone else here see the 60 Minutes segment last night on Bloom
Energy?   They are a CA based start-up company that is supposed to
have a revolutionary fuel cell technology that is simple and cost
effective.   They showed a cube that was maybe 6" on each side and
said that it was sufficient to power a house.   It runs off nat gas,
methane, possibly other carbon based fuels.   The goal of the company
is to have one in each house, business, etc and eliminate the
distribution grid."

Continues with further details and claims that big companies, google
included, are already using "big" units.

Harry K

Posted by harry on February 23, 2010, 6:25 pm

Well supposing it works, a disribution grid will still be needed for
the gas.

Posted by vaughn on February 23, 2010, 6:35 pm

Not to mention, some vast new source of gas...


Posted by Bruce in alaska on February 23, 2010, 7:26 pm

We got Lots of NatGAS, up here in Alaska... and if your FlatLander
Politicos will get out of our way, we will be MORE than Happy to sell
you ALL the NG that you want, FOR CASH....

Bloom has a Good Technology, and has Demonstration Units, actually IN
THE FIELD, and online, and has for a couple of YEARS. The Home Units
estimated Costs, once produced, are said to be in the $KUS range, which
is about the same as a Good 3Kw Inverter, which is REQUIRED to make it
power a House. The domestic Units are NOY yet available, or even out inn
the field for testing. I am NOT holding my breath on the price, or the
availability, of these domestic units. Let alone actually seeing the
costs/KW Hour, and longevity, or serviceability, of the system.

Bruce in alaska
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Posted by Bob F on February 23, 2010, 8:36 pm

Bruce in alaska wrote:

You seem to know a bit about these. Do you have any idea of the expected life
with standard US household natural gas?

Could these be used to power electric cars?

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