Bonneville Tests Home Fuel Cells
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has signed up to begin
testing 3 KW home fuel cell units which it expects will sweep the
market much like the home computer in just a few years.
BPA has ordered 110 of the energy boxes from Northwest Power
Systems (NPS) of Bend, OR, for installation in the Pacific
Northwest. After initial testing of 10 units and modifications, the
power authority will work with local utilities to install 100 in
the homes of interested consumers.
"Over time the efficiency of these and other types of
distributed generation will make them the choice of consumers,"
said BPA Deputy Administrator Jack Robinson. The power units are
85% efficient when waste heat is recovered for space and water
heating. The cost of the initial units is about $30,000 each but is
expected to drop to about $10,000 when they become commercially
available in 2002.
But, wait a minute, BPA may be behind the curve. A New York
State company is pushing its new invention, the Static Field
Converter, which uses magnets to create energy. The Andrew Abolafia
Co. of Granville, NY, said the "safe, virtually infinite,
environmentally benign and economically viable new source of
energy....makes fossil fuels (as well as their derivatives, i.e.
fuel cells) obsolete." The inventor claims the converter can be
used as a substitute for fossil fuels in any application - from
powering electric vehicles to heating homes, running factories and
fueling plants. The invention is an electrical device for
efficiently transforming the energy of a stationary magnetic field
into useful electrical energy. You may view the patent and design
of the converter at http://inventor1-y2k.com.
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