SeaGypsy wrote:i would think the bigger question is what are they made of? If it's another platinum deal like other fuel cells then it's not going to fly. If they are made of common materials then they will soar. Look forward to the answers.
No platinum AFAIK, just ceramics, some sort of cheapish alloy, and a proprietary ink.
I am a glassmaker by profession, I know a lot about sand/ silica. The highest grade silica in the world is mined in Cape York on the northernmost tip of Australia, it is 99.9%+ pure. There are many other sites around the world with 98% plus pure silica sands. To make a very pure silica wafer like in the bloom box, is not particularly difficult. Pyrex is the most pure silica glass made commonly, It has less than 1% residual flux and is over 98% pure silica. It is made by melting silica powder at almost double the temperature of flux glass (the stuff we use for most things glass is used for). From the appearance of Bloom's wafer, it may be the next level of purity up from Pyrex glass, which does require some flux to allow translucense. As translucense appears not to be necessary, I am guessing this is what the wafers are.
If indeed these people are being honest, this will change the world dramaticly, there is no shortage of 98% pure silica or of common metals in the amounts it appears would be required for this system. The savings in terms of grid manufacture and maintenance would easily displace this use.
In 1984 my high school paid $15,000 for an IBM computer with a 256 meg memory that one had to communicate in code with. A teachers wage back then was $30,000.
I bought a new laptop a few weeks ago with 260 gig memory for a weeks pay.
That's not rocket science.