Bloom Energy

An idea born on Mars

Bloom Energy founder and former rocket scientist K.R. Sridhar believed there was a better way – and he set out to make it a reality.

The story goes like this: Sridhar had a dream born of research he conducted for NASA aimed at sustaining life on Mars. It involved building a device capable of producing air and fuel from electricity and vice versa. (Sridhar was hailed by Fortune magazine as “one of the top five futurists inventing tomorrow, today.”)

His ultimate goal was to find a better way to produce energy. He was driven to act by the recognition that, given the accelerating rate at which we’re consuming energy, current production methods are unsustainable.

Thus was Bloom Energy launched in 2002. Five years later, the company began field testing its technology in Tennessee, California and Alaska. In 2008, Bloom’s first commercial-grade Energy Servers were delivered – to Google.

To believe in a better way but to fail to act, Sridhar has said, “would be handing our children and their children a broken planet. I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and do nothing.”

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