I have been long fcel for a while and have given some thought to solar and wind. The solar sector for the past year has been riding high and I wonder when the hundreds if not thousands of acres needed for either will dry up. Cheap land is the key to success for either wind or solar. when the realization by the land owners of how valuable there property is to either wind or solar, it wont be cheap. AS the search for cheap land endures it will reach into the boondocks but then the cost of transmission becomes paramount. The footprint for fecl is one or two acres and can be built any where. YES???
You don't need land for solar cells. What you need is roof area. An average american home has more roof area necessary to provide power created by solar cells than it needs for itself. It can feed the surplus power back into the grid. Look at Germany they do it for about 10 years now. Farmers discovered a second source of income for themselves because the use the roof area of their big barns for solar power generation and feed it to the grid. It certainly works in Germany with the poor weather they have over there. How much better would it work over here with our usually bright days? If we combine all these technologies: Fuel cell, solar, wind we would make a big dent. Just to give you a theoretical example which gives you a dimension how little area we need to power the planet Earth just with solar cells: We just need an area which compares to the Sahara desert. Look at the globe. Compared to the surface of this planet it is not that much. ...and this would be solar only.
I think this entire market is about to explode in the near future. What we saw today is just a glimpse. Despite the dow loosing dramatically FCEL, BLDP, PLUG, held up beautifully. This is just the beginning. BUT AS ALWAYS: THIS IS JUST MY POINT OF VIEW. Always happy investing to all.