California-based Bloom Energy and Delaware officials are breaking ground on a fuel-cell factory at the site of the former Chrysler assembly plant.
Bloom Energy builds so-called “Bloom Boxes” that convert natural gas to electricity. The company has received millions of dollars in state subsidies, and surcharges on Delmarva Power bills will also support some of its ventures. Bloom says 900 people will be working at the factory within a few years. The Chrysler plant site is also being rebuilt as the University of Delaware’s Science and Technology Campus. Bloom announced its plan in June, 2011.