Fuel cells were first developed over 100 years ago, but their uses have been limited to specific applications because of costs. More recently, developers have improved on their design, efficiency, and costs, and fuel cells are starting to take their place in the next generation of integrated electric grids. Asim Hussain, senior director of marketing and customer experience at Bloom Energy, talks about the development of solid oxide fuel cells, first for NASA, and then as an increasingly reliable power source for businesses and utilities. Solving the problem of high operating temperatures was the key to the technology’s development.
This interview was recorded at ASME’s 2015 Power & Energy Conference and Exhibition.