Feb 24 2010
It’s official, Bloom Energy has revealed what it has been working on for the past 8 years…and it looks impressive. KR Sridhar the co-founder of Bloom Energy previewed the Bloom Box on Sunday on 60 Minutes. I happened to be watching a DVR’d version of it on Monday and was blown away by it. If it lives up to the hype then its a game changer for the world.
Something that caught my attention was the fact you won’t need to be on the electrical grid if you have a Bloom Box. Applying that logic here in India, that would be HUGE. Since the electrical grid in India is missing most of the time or if you are on the grid the grid is not on. Think I’m kidding, my dad’s village in India get’s about 10 hours of electricity a day…in this day and age. And sadly that is pretty much the story all over India.
The Bloom Box could transform India and solve its age old power crisis. Of course, that would also mean many companies that are building power plants are gonna get body slammed in the process.
So where did Bloom Energy come from? That is an interesting story and slowly being told. To get over USD 400 million in venture financing and stay under the radar for 8 years does not happen often. As far as their first customer Google, not really surprising since the VC firm KPCB backed both Bloom Energy and Google. The lead partner John Doerr I’m sure worked his magic to get several Bloom Boxes to the Googleplex.
So what’s with the title of the post? Think of the song “Boom Boom Pow” by Black Eyed Peas.
UPDATE: Kudos to Bloom’s PR agency for blanketing every medium to get the word out. 60 Minutes interview, Times of India coverage, Engadget live blogging the event…
UPDATE2: It appears Bloom Energy has 2 developmental offices in India, one in Bangalore and another in Bombay . The one in Bombay is located in Vikhroli which is a Northeastern suburb.