Having lived for many years in Louisiana, I was very affected by the this year's Gulf oil spill disaster. My obsession with news about the spill led to the discovery of a lot of disturbing revelations about the oil industry, which quite frankly disgusted and depressed me on a very deep level.
Considering the tragedy of the spill, and now the explosion of another offshore rig in the Gulf today, I've been frustrated by a lack of clean energy alternatives available to average consumers. I know that if the option to purchase cleaner and safer energy were avaiable, millions of people like me would choose it.
Well, what if I told you that you could power your entire house — emissions-free and "off the grid" — with a little oxygen-fueled power plant that you fits in your hand?
No, I'm not trying to elicit an episode of Star Trek - this concept is a reality made possible by Bloom Energy.
A few years ago Professor KR Shridhar created a small device for NASA that could create oxygen from water. The success of the invention made him wonder: could one reverse the process and make energy out of oxygen?
The answer is yes! It's an incredible development in alternative energy technology, and an energy solution companies like Google, Ebay and Wal-Mart are already using.
Right now, a Bloom Box is cost prohibitive for the average household, but with advances in technology, Sridhar believes that Bloom Boxes could cost as little as $3,000 within a decade. If this is true, it seems like the accessible, affordable solution to clean energy sources will be within reach – helping to clean the earth and possibly even impacting climate change.
Check out the story here. I hope this rekindles the same hope for and confidence in human ingenuity that it did for me.