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Bonneville Tests Home Fuel Cells

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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