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Bloom Energy Announces "Electrons Service" for Fuel Cell Power with No Upfront Fee

The "magical" Bloom Box is now available with no upfront cost. You'll just need to sign a 10-year contract to harness the fuel cell's electricity.

Bloom Energy, not long ago a mysterious player and now the media darling of the fuel cell industry, has some pretty interesting news today. The company, which we've been following ever since its big 60 Minutes reveal, makes the Bloom Box, a freezer-sized structure filled with black and green ceramic discs that takes in oxygen on one side and a fuel like natural gas on the other and churns out electricity.

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Not Your Mother's Battery: Are Fuel Cells the Future? Bloom Box, MiniPak, and the other Fuel Cells That Will Power Our Future

Fuel cells are incredibly efficient, and they're starting to catch on. In the near future, they may power your laptop, and more.

The world may start moving away from fossil fuels, but our energy needs are still increasing. Developing new ways to power the planet is of paramount importance. We recently looked at the merits and pitfalls of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles, many of which are set to roll out in the coming years. Beyond cars, fuel cells have an important role in our energy future. In the coming years, they may do everything from power our electronic gadgets to keep the lights on in our homes.

Fuel cells come in a number of different varieties, but all feature three main components: an anode, an electrolyte, and a cathode. Chemical reactions at the interface between the three components consume a fuel that a user inputs, creating steam or carbon dioxide (depending on the fuel being used), and generating an electric current. It's like having a small power plant at your fingertips. Unlike batteries, fuel cells don't store energy; they're always running. While batteries are recharged, fuel cells are simply refuelled.

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