Many of us worry about how far our food has to travel to get to our plates, but what about our energy? Electricity often has to travel long distances from the power plant to the home, and some energy is lost along the way.
The solution is distributed energy – generating energy as close as possible to the end user. Bloom’s Energy Server is one example of this. It uses solid oxide fuel cells, which are made from low-cost ceramic materials and have extremely high electrical efficiencies, to deliver 100kW of power – enough to meet the basic needs of around 100 typical homes or a small office building – while taking up no more physical space than a single car space.