.... I guess no one is here... At the moment, from their website, they are looking for money. Don't know enough about their product to make any sort of judgment. Electrical efficiencies of their fuel cell is very high but don't know the cost per kW so hard to judge where they stand relative to their other primarily German competition. So far as I can see, no one is marketing their product in north America, likely due to being very pricy like Bloom. So far as I have found Redox is the only company claiming to have cut the cost of SOFCs by a factor of 10. Don't know if others will glab on to their intellectual property, implement slight variations, and sort it out in court later. Seems like the Silicon Valley thing to do... This particular company seems to need a white night,,, at this point, don't know that one will be forth coming although Bloom and its marketing certainly were successful.
Thanks... looked at OPTT. I guess the most astounding bit about their joint project in Australia is the 29 cents/kWhr... (might be an exchange factor in that quote) But at the moment living 30 miles down river from a nuke plant, I'm paying 10 cents/kWhr to Warren Buffet.
Please correct me, but it seems like both Blooom's and Fuel Cell's installations are both primarily sold to companies with a vested interest in their success. Bloom seems to have the Silicon Valley crowd while Fuel Cell has the Koreans. Personally, I'd like to see some competitive cost comparison projections. From a co=generation perspective, Fuel Cell seems to have a more versatile product than Bloom, on the other hand, Bloom may be more scalable in either direction... them wanting to put a box in every home, presumably with all the HVAC addendums applied. Still interested to know how they compare to say capstone turbine and when their cost will come in line with say a backup NG generator. Despite those lingering questions, the fact that NG is at a five year high and the current return on a fracted oil well is 50 cents on the dollar doesn't hurt anyone in the green space.
Having read some of the claims regarding hydrogen storage I took a minute to look around the net to see where things stand, and for all the claims here, storage has not moved much although there is a French company marketing a solid state storage product. Curiously though, I came across some papers from the DOE and elsewhere which claim that cellulose/sugar are very dense solid state hydrogen storage mediums and combined with fuel cells could be about 300% more efficient than the current ethanol/internal combustion engine. Interestingly, the researchers were begging for money back in 2011... Don't know where it has gone since then, but here is one of their papers:
Actually, a co=generation project between FCEL and CPST numerous years ago demonstrated how the use of a micro-turbine behind a high=temp fuel cell could push overall efficiencies for the system upward to nearly 80%... Might be to CPST advantage if FCEL got more utility business.