Bloom Energy is a nine year old company that has raised at least $400 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, and NEA, before that round, making it one of the most well-funded startups in the Valley. The company in the middle of April this year has talked about its expansion plans and had announced that it has quadrupled the size of its factory in Sunnyvale, Calif. to 210,000 square feet, has grown its workforce by over 70 percent in 2010, and grown by 525 percent over the past four years, according to this report.
Bloom had grabbed public attention last year when it announced that its clean and affordable onsite power through its patented technology called the Bloom Box had won customers like Google, eBay, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola and Adobe.
Former Wipro joint CEO Girish Paranjpe has joined Bloom Energy to set up the company’s international business.
As managing director for Bloom Energy International, Paranjpe will explore opportunities in markets outside the US, especially in emerging economies of India, China and Brazil. Bloom’s business has so far been restricted to the US.
“When this (offer) first came up, I was intrigued but also puzzled about what could I do in this field,” Paranjpe told ET in an interview. Last month, he spent nearly a week at Bloom Energy’s headquarters in California speaking with existing and potential customers and learning about the energy business.