Bloom Energy in San Jose builds new lab to expand COVID-19 vaccine testing

By District Energy posted 12-15-2020 07:13

  

ABC 7 News

Summary

A Silicon Valley energy company is expanding COVID test lab capacity in hopes it could speed up the return of businesses and schools to normal. Health is a vital part of Building A Better Bay Area.

This $1.5 million laboratory represents a unique private-public partnership to add virus testing capability in the Bay Area.

"This economy simply cannot wait for months to get back, so we think it's really essential," said K.R. Sridhar, Bloom Energy CEO.

Even with the promise of vaccines, Bloom Energy believes this lab will accelerate the ability for Bay Area companies, schools and universities to return to normal. Using a system developed by the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, it can process 10,000 tests per day with same-day results, using a proprietary saliva test.

"Every private citizen, every private organization needs to step in and say, how can I help?" said Dr. Sridhar.

The University of Illinois system has been doing routine testing on its campus of 50,000 with one million tests performed.

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