lper100km wrote: There’s this talk of trashing the electrical distribution grid. Fat chance. You’ll get a gas grid though.
What would happen to NG prices with widespread implementation, too? Presumably residential customers would still need gas for heating and some additional for the BBs, but the power generation sector would find itself kneecapped. I don't think they'll take something like that lying down.
But at any rate this could just be more of the same old euphoria. Is K.R. Sridhar’s 'magic box' ready for prime time? - Fortune Brainstorm Tech
Google told Fortune that it has a 400 kilowatt installation from Bloom at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. But the real test, analysts say, is whether Google feels confident enough to use Bloom boxes to power its vast server farms upon which its business depends.
“I definitely think Bloom is over-hyped,” says Jacob Grose, senior analyst at Lux Research, which specializes in emerging technologies, though he stresses that he hasn’t seen the soon-to-be-unveiled Bloom box. “What Bloom offers does not seem to be unique – other fuel-cell companies are doing very similar things. The real question is whether Bloom has unlocked the secret of how to make these things cheap, and I’m very skeptical of that.”
One company that Grose points to as offering a similar product – sans the media circus – is Fuel Cell Energy, Inc., a small firm based in Danbury, Connecticut that went public in 1992 and has over 60 fuel-cell installations worldwide at companies ranging from Pepperidge Farm to Westin Hotels. Like Bloom, it also hasn’t figured out how to make money, losing $71 million last year on revenues of $88 million.
Thanks for the 10 things link, TAD.