Bloom Box Pilot In Chattanooga First Outside Of California

Posted on June 29th, 2010 by

The first Bloom Box pilot outside of California was inaugurated yesterday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the DOE to release up to $24 million in funding for algae based research, and the G-20 is re-igniting climate change negotiations with participating nations.


The first Bloom Box pilot outside of California was inaugurated yesterday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Officials are looking for the city’s 100 kW fuel cell system, which was made by California based Bloom Energy, to provide clean power to the electric utility and a communications non-profit EPB. The Bloom Box was installed on the top floor of EPB’s parking garage which is located in downtown Chattanooga. The pilot was made possible from strong support of Congressman Zach Wamp, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the National Center for Computational Engineering (SimCenter), EPB, TVA, The Enterprise Center and Bloom Energy. All involved parties hope that the project will showcase a successful pilot for clean smart grid technology.

Yesterday , the U.S. Department of Energy announced an investment of up to $24 million to fund research of commercializing algae-based biofuels. The money will be given to separate consortiums led by Arizona State University, the University of California, San Diego, and Cellana LLC.  The consortia led by the institutions just mentioned consist of partners from academia, national laboratories, and private industries who have strong technical expertise in the area of algal biofuels. Each research grant project is expected to last for a period of three years.  Together, they represent a diversified portfolio that will help accelerate algal biofuels development with the objective of significantly increasing production of affordable, high-quality algal biofuels that are environmentally and economically sustainable.

The g-20 summit is providing leading nations another opportunity to tackle climate change. This past weekend negotiators for summit participants agreed incorporate more progressive programs to trim government subsidies to oil companies worldwide, part of a broader effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Also, being discussed is an agreement to take definitive measures to cut production and consumption incentives. The agreement would begin implementation of an  ongoing review process that inspects the level to which the countries are living up to their commitments. The tougher language was seen in part as a reaction to the ongoing oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

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