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Local professor claims fuel cell breakthrough

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:57 pm    Post subject: Local professor claims fuel cell breakthrough Reply with quote

In a Kettering laboratory, Dr. Berry has been able to find something that has eluded researchers for years: an inexpensive way to operate a fuel cell.

"We will have a fuel cell system that will cost-effectively and efficiently extract hydrogen from a number of existing fuels, including natural gas.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I followed up with the journalist wrote wrote the article asking for corroborating details.

He responded by email:

We did the story based on the award given by the GLEQ.

When we asked Dr. Berry about the award, he went into great detail about
his research. The mayor of Flint, Dayne Walling, confirmed that Dr.
Barry has been talking with Flint City Hall about a production facility
and the creation of a condo project that would be powered by fuel cells.

Other than that, the is no other source to confirm his claims.

You might glean more information from Dr. Berry's company website,
Global Energy Innovations.

Randy Conat
ABC12 News

GEI has an interesting design pattern for fuel cells. The combine batteries with fuel cells:

The GEI X5 is a “hybrid” fuel cell APU that incorporates a high temperature PEM fuel cell and a high-energy density Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery. Although fuel cell systems typically have a higher energy density compared with traditional batteries, fuel cell systems alone do not have the peak power and load following capabilities of a battery. Therefore, it is necessary for most applications to incorporate a hybrid fuel cell/battery system to benefit from the strengths of both technologies. Because batteries are excellent at satisfying high instant power demands, fuel cell power systems can be sized to meet average power requirements for any given application to achieve maximum efficiency.

They seem to feed into one of my own visions, Agraria, with this statement (same pages as above link):

Fuel cell technology has a potential for rural electrification both in the U.S. and for developing countries. This technology would allow the use of renewable energy around the clock regardless of location. The opportunity exists to electrify 2.1 billion people without electricity. For example, providing electricity at the village level can result in vaccinations, refrigeration, water pumps for fresh well water, internet connections, cellular phone towers, and with computers available for a few hundred dollars could link children from around the globe. Village farmers could study on-line for better irrigation methods, understand weather patterns and communicate with experts world-wide regarding numerous local social, economic, and agricultural issues.
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