Yesterday we told you about the Bloom Box, a new device that produces electricity using a combination of oxygen and natural gas. The device will be fully unveiled tomorrow, and it could end up totally changing the way electricity is produced.
The Bloom Box is about the size of a refrigerator and it uses special fuel cells that are made from a combination of ink coated ceramic tiles, which are stacked into small blocks and then multiple stacks of the tiles are house in the refrigerator sized unit.
Oxygen is fed into the fuel cell on one side, and natural gas on the other, when they are combined they produce a chemical reaction that creates electricity, there is no combustion or burning, and all the electricity is created within the unit.
It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but the technology actually works, and it is currently being trialled by a number of companies which include Google and eBay.
At the moment the technology is fairly expensive, with each of the units costing around $700,000 but the creators beleive that they will be able to deliver a solution for individual homes in the future that could cost as little as $3,000.
The natural gas that is used in the Bloom Box is readily available, like gas created from landfill waste, and it can also run on a number of other fuels which include fossil fuels and renewable fuels like bio-gas.
This invention could totally change the way we get our electricity, and it would be a lot greener than current solutions, imagine the impact on greenhouse gases with one of these in every home, it certainly would have an impact on global warming.
Who knows, the technology may also be modified for cars and other modes of transport. Bloom Energy will be releasing a full press statement about the Bloom Box tomorrow, so we will have more information on exactly how it works and how this is going to revolutionize the way we consume energy.
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