Bloom Energy to Build One Bloom Box per Day
Bloom Energy currently has 50 Bloom Boxes deployed; expects 100 by the end of the year
Bloom Energy announced last week that it will be producing one Bloom Box per day in the next few months. The Bloom Box is a device composed of fuel cells that convert air and fuel into electricity through an electrochemical process without combustion. The company currently has 50 Bloom Boxes deployed and they expect to have twice that amount by the end of the year. Bloom Energy is currently working on building its supply chain.
Each Bloom Box costs between $700,000 and $800,000 and produces 100 kW, enough energy to power 100 average U.S. homes. Each Bloom Box is about the size of a parking space.
Sridhar, a former NASA adviser and founder of Bloom Energy, said the Bloom Box breakthrough occurred while he was working on a technology that was to be deployed on Mars. The Bloom Box was developed after 8 years of development and with more than $400 million in Silicon Valley investment.
Current Bloom Box customers include Walmart, Google, eBay, Adobe, Coca Cola, FedEx, and Staples.