Today, Bloom Energy launched its first technology, the Energy Server, which employs stacks of solid oxide fuel cells to convert air, as well as sources as “unclean” as fossil fuels, into usable electricity.
As Electronista reports, the process almost always produces less CO2 than traditional methods and, unlike solar power or similar methods, can run 24 hours a day without dependence on light or wind. A typical Energy Server produces about 100kW of power in the surface area of a parking space and can link up with other servers as more power becomes needed. Bloom adds that smaller units would be enough to power single homes; in 10 years, a small module and a roof solar panel could potentially give a home its own power. On the large scale, most who buy the full servers should recoup the costs in about three to five years.
If you think this might be one of those head-in-the-clouds startups, some companies are already reportedly using Energy Servers; eBay uses it for about 15%of its entire campus power (saving them $100,000 in the process). Prominent firms of the likes of Bank of America, Coca-Cola, FedEx, Google, Staples and Walmart have already signed up to use the new power option.