Bloom Box, new power source out of silicon valley. 5 replies

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#1 8 years ago

This invention has been getting a lot of buzz lately and has apparently been secretly hiding in the wings for the last ten yrs. It's inventor was working on a system to create oxygen on Mars, but when the Mars project was scrubbed, he reverse engineered it to absorb vs create oxygen. When the sand based plates at the core of the unit are simultaneously fed one of various fuel sources (natural gas, bio fuel, even solar), it reportedly creates electricity with no emissions. The sand wafers are treated with a special ink of a different color on each side.

Large corporations have already been using the commercial refrigerator sized power cells for several months, including eBay, Google, Staples, FedEx, and Walmart. eBay reports electricity savings of $100,000 in the 9 months they've been using them. Of course the costs are high for now, but supposedly the manufacturing costs will come down enough within 5 to ten yrs to easily beat the cost of solar power.

I don't know, at first they make it sound as simple as sand, then you start finding out things like it requires a magic ink and it runs at 1000c, and you have to wonder how long they'll last, what kind of other materials are used to withstand such temps, and whether it needs a high tech cooling system. Even Colin Powell one of their board members sounded skeptical about their longevity.

You also have to wonder what beaches will look like in 20 yrs if this catches on big.

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#2 8 years ago

Old news.

I read about this near a year ago.

You also have to wonder what beaches will look like in 20 yrs if this catches on big.

The same, there are alternative's to sad. But considering glass has been in use for decades, and glass is basically melted down sand...I don't see beaches changing any time soon.




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#3 8 years ago

Sgt. D. Pilla;5421629Old news.

I read about this near a year ago.

Yeah but a yr ago there wasn't really any concrete evidence it was working in the corporate sector successfully, that's why they've yet to officially unveil it to the public, which will be soon. Announcing this openly a yr ago could have been a disaster without proof of concept. What you heard a yr ago was either an unofficial, unauthorized leak, or something much more vague than they're revealing now.




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#4 8 years ago
>Omen<;5421664Yeah but a yr ago there wasn't really any concrete evidence it was working in the corporate sector successfully, that's why they've yet to officially unveil it to the public, which will be soon. Announcing this openly a yr ago could have been a disaster without proof of concept. What you heard a yr ago was either an unofficial, unauthorized leak, or something much more vague than they're revealing now.

Yes there was...The 60 Minutes video I watched was from over a year ago, stating FB and Google already use them; and they provide the efficiency % (of which I can't remember) That's fairly concrete evidence.

I won't be to impressed until I get one to power my house for the proposed 10K USD.




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#5 8 years ago

How does this thing work? From what it sounds like, this guy just found some kind of catalyst for the catabolism of hydrocarbons.




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#6 8 years ago

As far as I can tell the secret ingredient mentioned in the ink coating of the sand wafer must accelerate the use of oxygen as a catalyst to super heat the fuel applied to the other side of the wafer, then the heat is converted to electricity. The sand is probably merely a suitable and affordable substrate to hold the heat.

And a yr ago Google was the ONLY corporation running the Bloom Box and at that time very little was revealed about it. Hardly enough to be convincing compared to the scenario today.