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Bloom Energy installs its first fuel cells outside of the U.S., in Japan

on November 25, 2013

Gigaom

Bloom EnergySilicon Valley fuel cell startup Bloom Energy has installed its first fuel cells internationally, at a building in Fukuoka, owned by Japanese telecom giant Softbank. It’s just a small installation, but it’s the first results from the joint venture that Bloom Energy and Softbank created earlier this year to focus on getting more Bloom Energy fuel cells deployed in Japan.

Bloom Energy says it now has built out 100 MW worth of fuel cells across the U.S. — 100 MW is about enough to power 36,000 average American homes. While the company is over a decade old, it’s still a major milestone for a venture-backed startup working with a notoriously tricky technology like fuel cells. Bloom Energy is backed by over a billion dollars from investors like Kleiner Perkins and NEA.

Fuel cells are large devices that combine a fuel (usually natural gas or biogas) with oxygen and through a…

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