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Coal Fired Fuel Cell

 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:57 pm    Post subject: Coal Fired Fuel Cell Reply with quote

Ge recently had a breakthrough in the cost of producing fuel cells...now they are manufacturing them as alternatives to coal burning power plants:

http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17644&ch=energy

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Now, researchers at GE have demonstrated a manufacturing method that assembles layers of ceramic and electrolyte materials cheaply so that the final product can be built for about $800 a kilowatt, which starts to approach the $500-to-$550-per-kilowatt cost of building a conventional gas-fired power plant.

GE's six-kilowatt prototype achieves 49 percent efficiency in converting fuel into electricity, which compares favorably with the 35 percent efficiency of conventional coal-burning power plants.
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