Overheard: Word of the Day

Mar 1 2010   4:17PM GMT

Overheard talking about fuel cells

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

“Bloom produces a new fuel-cell technology that feeds off natural gas and can be used as an alternative to getting power off the electric grid. The machines, which Bloom calls “energy servers,” cost up to $800,000 and provide 100 kilowatts of electricity. Some major companies — Google, eBay, Bank of America, WalMart — already have them installed.”

Mark Fontecchio, Google using Bloom box to power data center

According to Eric Shonfeld over at TechCrunch

Each fuel cell, which is made from sand essentially (zirconium oxide), is a square wafer about the size of a CD box. Each wafer can produce about 25 watts of energy, enough to power a lightbulb. Stack them together and you get a box that could power a house. Group them into larger units, and you get enough energy to power a building or an entire campus. He calls them energy servers because they are modular like servers in a data center. Need more energy? Add more boxes.

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is fuel cell.

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