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Originally posted by DrHoracid
The data related to the possibility of neighborhood use of fuel cells is very promising. The prelimary data indicate that local fuel cells in a subdivision size of 200 home each is very feasible.
The cost of the installation could be amortised over 20 years.
The cost of electrical power would be approx. 4-5 cents per kwh.
This cost includes: the fuel cells, fuel (natural gas), installation, maint. and all other cost. This does not include the resale of excess power during non peak times nor the money generated through sale of the excess hydrogen.
I am putting all the calcs into a full report and wiil provide electronic copies upon request.
I anticipate requesting a DOE grant to select a "test" sight.
Advisor......how do I set up distribution of the reports? Is there space on ATS? Please advise......
The logical next step after grant request is to locate a site. This should be done in an "unincorporated" location outside normal city limits. Local code issues for the redistibution of the excess hydrogen may be a problem.
Originally posted by Mahree
Please forgive me if my questions are not well informed. I am interested in your project.
1. Is the cost of 4 - 5 cents per kwh a net cost to the consumer from the beginning, after the amortization of setup, and the purchase of fuel cells, natural gas and other supplies and maintenance costs?
2. How much income do you see being generated from resale of power during the not peak hours?
3. In what ways does one use the excess hydrogen? What kinds of problems would be involved for distribution of excess hydrogen?
4. How much more energy would we be getting from the use of the natural gas this way?
Thanks for your patience.
Named after French inventor Felix Trombe in the late 1950s, the Trombe wall continues to serve as an effective feature of passive solar design.
Subject: Alternative energy research
sent: 23-9-2007 at 22:43
Greetings Advisor. I thought that you might be interested in this recent news for use in your 'Alternative Energy' research forum
A method developed at Colorado State University for crafting solar panels has been developed to the point where they are nearly ready for mass production. Professor W.S. Sampath's technique has resulted in a low-cost, high-efficiency process for creating the panels, which will soon be fabricated by a commercial interest. 'Produced at less than $1 per watt, the panels will dramatically reduce the cost of generating solar electricity and could power homes and businesses around the globe with clean energy for roughly the same cost as traditionally generated electricity. Sampath has developed a continuous, automated manufacturing process for solar panels using glass coating with a cadmium telluride thin film instead of the standard high-cost crystalline silicon. Because the process produces high efficiency devices (ranging from 11% to 13%) at a very high rate and yield, it can be done much more cheaply than with existing technologies.
More here Method for 1$/watt Solar panels will soon see commercial use