Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Avoiding the Power Grid

Eric Wadsman (Credit: www.technologyreview.com)
A cheaper fuel cell could provide affordable power for microgrids.  The technology could eventually become a practical and affordable way to ease strain on the increasingly stressed electricity grid; anywhere there’s cheap natural gas, we could also have constant and cheap electricity.

That would make it possible to do away with the diesel generators that are now widely used for backup power and as a key component of microgrids in places like Malaysia and cellular base stations in rural areas around the world.  Solid-oxide fuel cells—which can run on diesel fuel or gasoline, not just natural gas—use much less fuel per watt than diesel generators of similar size.

Avoiding the Power Grid

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