We will not be denied cheap, clean and accessible energy!
This is a satellite image of the world at night.Clusters of bright lights mark industrial centers and thin white lines trace connecting passage ways like the trans Siberian Railroad and the US Interstate Highway system. In between huge swaths lie in shadow as well as most of the Southern Hemisphere.
This is the inspiration for K.R. Sridhar, the CEO of Bloom Energy. "This is my motivation for everything" he says, "to imporve the lives of the more than 2 billion people in those dark areas."
He is on the cutting edge of technology that is ready to deliver reliable, affordable, environmentally clean energy.
Impossible? Sridhar has been working for NASA and it is his research that will keep astronauts alive on Mars with water and oxygen generators. This research has led to the development of his current venture: Highly Efficient Fuel Cells that run on everything from plant waste to natural gas while emitting relatively little carbon dioxide
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The affordable units which will be marketed in the next year are being tested at the University of Tennessee. They are totally independant and the units he is testing are about the size of a coffee table and should be able to provide all the power an average American household would need.
This system would enable all of us to "live off of the grid". An independant energy system that would not be susceptible to attack or natural disaster.
When asked If the utility companies should be worried...Sridhar says "Possibly. The companies who saw their business in selling mainframe computers are gone."Of course, IBM was one of those companies and it learned to adapt. As Sridhar says,"The human ability to innovate out of a jam is profound. That's whay Darwin will always be right and Malthus will always be wrong."