Could this be the next big thing in the world of energy? Tonight on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl introduced us to Bloom Energy (BE). In Sunnyvale, CA, BE is developing solid oxide regenerative fuel cells (SORFC) – renewable electrical energy generated from hydrogen and the oxygen in ambient air. These fuel cells can be powered by a variety of fuel sources increasing efficiency. Company head K.R. Sridhar is hopeful that one day all homes will be powered by a Bloom Box for about $3,000. Although the company has been secretive thus far, Michael Kanellos of greentech media has been following their project and believes that K.R.’s dream has about a 20% chance.  He sees bigger companies like GE out doing BE in the long run. But things are moving quickly for BE as companies including Google, Ebay, and even Walmart have already bought Bloom Boxes and are testing them at select facilities. They are also being backed by serious investors at venture capital group Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the company responsible for discovering Netscape, Amazon, and Google. Based on the countdown at BE’s website, it seems they will making a major announcement on the 24th of February. As we wait to hear their news check out this 60 Minutes Video and catch up on the story.

Bloom Energy’s K.R. Sridhar  (CBS)

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