- East Tennessee will be the location of a 100-kilowatt demonstration fuel cell developed by Bloom that could be a precursor to the potential siting of a manufacturing facility in Tennessee.
- The system will be at the Electric Power Board HQ in Chattanooga and will be close to a final version that Bloom Energy plans to introduce in the broader market later this year, according to CEO KR Sridhar.
- The project is funded through a federal appropriation as well as support from the Electric Power Board's research and development organization, according to Joe Ferguson, head of special projects for the Enterprise Center, a Chattanooga-based economic development organization and he expects delivery of the equipment "before the end of June."
I also heard from someone who used to work for Bloom who had a lot to say about the firm. I’ll relay some of their views and claims – Bloom’s mantra is “No comment” so I cannot confirm or deny these statements.
- The system is a 25-kilowatt unit and they put four together for a 100-kilowatt system (The 25-kilowatt size makes sense according to Bloom's recent paperwork with the CSI).
- Their first 100-kilowatt unit went to Google
- eBay ordered four of the 100-kilowatt units.
- The units run on natural gas which gives them about 48 percent efficiency overall.
- Bloom is having production problems.
You can assume that Bloom has no comment.