Power: A Unique Solution from a PIO

Here is the news report that made me really happy and brings hope. Without power, one can’t think of the development of any country. Source may be any. But it must be cheap and clean, particularly in India.

As I came on my laptop today, I got the news on K R Sridhar’s “Bloom Box” first from Anand’s mail.

The Bloom Box claims to be a game-changing fuel cell device consisting of a stack of ceramic disks coated with secret green and black ‘‘inks’’. The disks are separated by cheap metal plates. Stacking the disks into a bread loafsized unit, can produce 1 kilowatt electricity, enough to power an American home or four Indian homes.

As reported, a Bloom Box for the residential market could be out in five to 10 years for as little as $3,000 to produce electricity round the clock, round the year.

I am sure that most of the Indian middle class can afford a $3000 device very soon. But perhaps the time to be taken for the commercialization of the domestic units takes away my excitement. Can’t Dr. K R Sridhar get the assistance of the scientists and governments to expedite if it is a proven technology? Will not President Obama provide his patronage to get this clean device commercialized fast?

Dr K.R. Sridhar, 49, who founded Bloom Energy, was a professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as well as Director of the Space Technologies Laboratory (STL) at the University of Arizona. He is also, literally, a rocket scientist, having served as an advisor to NASA in the areas of nanotechnology and planetary missions. Sridhar initially developed the idea behind the Bloom Box while working with NASA, as a means of producing oxygen for astronauts landing on Mars.

Dr. Sridhar is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras. He moved to in the 1980s to the U.S, where he earned an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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