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Subject: Re: OT: Fuel Cells for remote site Date: 3/28/2001 10:34 PM
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<<To diverge a little from the original subject, when you're on-grid with a fuel cell, in 30 states, you can to some degree or another sell excess electrical production back to the utility, just like the solar and wind power folks can do. Or, use the electrical grid as your storage device in the air conditioning example. Size the fuel cell for average monthly usage. Feed electricity into the grid at night, spinning the meter backwards. Draw needed excess capacity from the grid later during your peak demand, spinning the meter forwards.
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You want to do all this to save a MAXIMUM of 10¢ per hour, ignoring the cost of buying, installing, maintaining and fueling this equipment? Please be serious.


The local paper had an article about a college house that had been converted to minimize use of outside energy sources with all kinds of gadgets, including a television set that was powered by a foot powered generator. There were three college students living in the house and the article noted that there was a staff of 14 tradesmen employed in maintaining all the gadgets! I wonder how much energy THEY use in their lives?


As a repairman, I have a pretty good idea of the ability of people to maintain technical equipment. I would suggest that a fuel cell arrangement of the type you describe would be appropriate for an electrician or engineer to install as a hobby, but would be a financial black hole for someone to install who couldn't do most or all of his own installation and maintenance work. And I mean do the work COMPETENTLY.



Seattle Pioneer



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