Fuel Cells

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer@endeavors.com
Fri, 20 Jul 2001 08:00:33 -0700

Fuel cells and hybrid micro-turbine generators and fuel cells run
anywhere from 50-80% efficiency versus a centralized powerplant
that does about 40-45%.   The cost of a production fuel cell in California is
broken up like this:

    $15,000 : Manufacturing & Equipment costs
    $150,000 :  Cost of hardware crap they have to put
         on to appease the over-regulation put in place by
        the California utilities who don't want to lose their
        central control over power production. 

Fuel Cell, Inc. and Capstone are my two favorite energy stocks. 
We have the NFCRC (National Fuel Center Research Center)[1]
which again provided fuel for my theory that Irvine is the I Ching. 


[1] http://www.nfcrc.uci.edu/

John Hall wrote:
> I think Fuel Cells still costs an order of magnitude or more than
> combustion engines.
> I flipped through a Wired magazine at the store a few months ago.  I
> think they said combustion engines cost about $30/KwH capacity and Fuel
> Cells were in the $1,000 + range.  And I'm not sure if those are the
> fuel cells that run off of pure hydrogen or propane.
> So do you have better numbers?  These are really vague.