The core of this technology is simply sand.
The sand is the raw material used to make wafers that can make electricity.
Oxygen is pumped in on one side and natural gas on the other. The two combine inside the cell to create a chemical reaction that produces electricity. No burning, no combustion, no power lines from outside
A half-dozen big companies have already bought this technology at a cost of $700,000 to $800,000. But Sridhar’s (the inventor - Bloom energy) goal is a $3,000 box that anybody can use to power their home though he says home use is 10 years away.
“We believe that we can have the same kind of impact on energy that the mobile phone had on communications. Just as cell phones circ**vented landlines to proliferate telephony,
Bloom Energy will enable the adoption of distributed power as a smarter, localised energy source,” Sridhar said.
It will allow customers, he said, to “lower their energy costs, reduce their carbon footprint, improve their energy security”.