The spin masters will tell you GE's involvement in fuel cell plants is bad.
Its the opposite. A company that has had engineers publicly bashed fuel cells is now changing their tune. Ask the average person about fuel cell power generation and they will be clueless. GE will bring a household name to the game. This is good.
No need to spin, just need the facts. GE has their own superior SOFC tech and the ability to use in a hybrid system with a genset. No need for FoolCell's inefficient mcfc toy. Enjoy eating your German fish for a day. Too bad it didn't come with a unit sales contract. I guess they know FoolCell's mcfc tech needs work. LOL
exactly MD... What a joke... Wonder what cramer will say about GE now... In my opinion GE is way behind the curve... I would rather be on the IKTS team!
By Marc Roca March 27, 2014 11:26 AM PT
General Electric Co. (GE) studied fuel cells and determined the technology is too dependent on platinum to be more than a niche product.
“It’s almost impossible to do a good fuel cell without platinum as a catalyst,” Vlatko Vlatkovic, chief engineering officer of GE’s Power Conversion division, said in an interview in London. “Very little goes in, but if you scale it up, there’s not enough platinum in the world.”
GE’s comments reveal constraints that may keep fuel cells from penetrating the energy market as a mainstream technology. Fuel cells use hydrogen or natural gas to generate power through a chemical reaction, and the most common technology needs the scarce element as a catalyst.