Remember that cool parking-space sized battery/energy storage technology being worked on by Bloom Energy? I was just wondering about them the other day. Well, lo and behold, apparently developer Adobe Software has flipped the switch on what is being described as the biggest installation for Bloom yet at a business facility.
Adobe has bought one dozen of the Bloom Energy Servers (aka 'Bloom boxes') for its headquarters site in San Jose, Calif. The technology is supposed to handle up to one-third of the entire electricity consumption for the facility, which includes three high-rises and a parking structure.
The Bloom Energy Servers work by converting air and biogas into electricity via an electrochemical process. The power is stored in the thousands of fuel cells that each of these massive energy servers contains.
Turns out that Adobe may be the biggest Bloom customer, but it's certainly not the only one. Other companies that have gone public about using its technology include Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, eBay, Google, FedEx Express, Staples and Wal-Mart. Not bad for a start-up.