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ralph_sutex 10 posts  |  Last Activity: Sep 16, 2014 5:02 PM Member since: Jan 15, 2000
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  • Last Friday headlines....Council delays vote on solar, fuel cell park at Bridgeport landfill site

    BRIDGEPORT There is a delay on the approval for the United Illuminating Co. to operate a renewable energy complex on the site of the community’s former landfill.
    The council elected to continue the hearing Sept. 30 at the agency’s New Britain headquarters, said Melanie Bachman, the agency’s acting executive director.

    The council’s approval covers both a 2.8-megawatt fuel cell and a solar array with 9,000 panels on the landfill site. Bachman said that although hearing participants could have asked questions about or commented on the fuel cell portion of the projects, virtually all of the discussion at the hearing was about the solar panels.

    Republican City Councilman Rick Torres said the project will have a negative impact on the adjacent Seaside Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Although the landfill is adjacent to the park, Torres argues that nature has done such a good job reclaiming the landfill site that it is legitimate to consider it as an extension of Seaside Park.

    “It’s a green mountain that has all sorts of wildlife living on it,” Torres said Friday. “If this project is built, all you’ll see from the surrounding area are these panels instead of Seaside Park, which is one of this city’s gems. I believe in renewable energy, but I am not willing to sacrifice mother nature’s beauty for solar power.”

    Today's headline.......
    Bridgeport Gets Support for Solar, Fuel Cell Energy Project

    By Bridgeport News on September 16, 2014
    A groundswell of support was shown for Green Energy Park, which is a project that includes putting 9,000 solar panels and a 2.8Mw fuel cell atop an old landfill. The support comes as the Siting Council was in Bridgeport Sept. 11 holding public hearings on the project.

    The project has already received approval from the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), as well as Bridgeport’s Parks Commission and City Council. Once the project receives Siting Council approval, it is a go.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    orders in hand

    by rtwl3840 Sep 15, 2014 8:09 PM
    ralph_sutex ralph_sutex Sep 16, 2014 2:08 PM Flag

    I guess you either believe him or you don't. There can't be all that much holding these announcements up and he still expects to pick up the Q3 shortfall in Q4 2014.
    NOTE: Q4 ends 10/31. That would be just over 6 weeks from today not 2-3 weeks.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    orders in hand

    by rtwl3840 Sep 15, 2014 8:09 PM
    ralph_sutex ralph_sutex Sep 16, 2014 12:03 AM Flag

    If you would spend 15 minutes to listen to the CC you would have your answer. Listen to the first question in the Q&A and Chips answer. Here it is for those who don't have the time.

    Q. Michael alluded to a timing issue in the quarter why the revenue was below the $50 million to $60 million run rate that you’re targeting. Can you just touch on what some of the issues were in timing?

    A. One of the things that we do in our model is that when we announce a project, it’s ready to go. I mean, we’ve starting work on everything from engineering and so forth. We do have several contracts that we physically have signed, but are not totally ready and those will flow into the next quarter. So that’s a little bit of the revenue change. Because you know our business model is to build these in a fairly short period of the time.
    The NRG, line of credit, things like that fit right in with that model. So, I expect us to catch up. -- I can’t be too specific, because our policy is that we have to have these things completely signed off and all the different things necessary to go forward are in place. And so that just wasn’t so on some of these last minute changes. But I’m not worried about the timing because we have so much going on right now, it's just the question of making sure they are ready to go and they weren't quite ready to go to put them in the news release.
    Hope this helps,

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • ralph_sutex ralph_sutex Sep 2, 2014 12:24 AM Flag

    Great find. Did everyone notice the name of the plant. The Pyeongtaek FUEL CELL ENERGY Power Plant (PFCEPP) is approximately 2 trillion won worth of investment project. I'm not sure if that is only a coincidence or there is a reason it was named that way.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Reply to

    GE Boasts Fuel Cell Future

    by zoltyfan Aug 27, 2014 1:24 PM
    ralph_sutex ralph_sutex Aug 28, 2014 12:18 PM Flag

    I have a comment on two of your points.
    First, Bloom's SOFC cells are 4" x 4" or 16 sq inches of area. GE is working on an 8 x 8 platform which is 64 sq inches or 4x the competitors format. Versa is already making their SOFC cells that size and working on a 12 x 12 format.
    Second, there is something wrong with the report that the current GE SOFC is putting out 6 KW and enough for 6 homes. My daughter's hair dryer is uses 1500 watts, my microwave is 1200 watts. Both running together in the morning with no TVs, refrigerator, lights, A/C are already pulling 2.7 KW. There is no way that 6KW will run 6 homes.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • ralph_sutex ralph_sutex Aug 27, 2014 8:58 PM Flag

    Hi yankees,
    Please explain how this helps FCEL which typically locates right at or near the destination site?
    Order 1000 seemed to be related more to WIND and SOLAR.

    This was from an article I read.
    Overall Order 1000 is ambitious and aims to accomplish two primary goals: facilitating the coordinated construction of the many new and updated electric transmission lines needed as fossil fuel and renewable energy projects come online in disparate parts of the country, and making it easier for large-scale renewable energy projects to connect to the grid.
    Natural gas, wind, and solar projects are often sited in remote areas where the resources are located. Creating a transmission infrastructure that makes the projects economical is a key element of bringing them online.

    If there is another way to look at this for renewable DG that I'm missing, can you please fill me in?

    Sentiment: Buy

  • ralph_sutex by ralph_sutex Aug 22, 2014 9:46 AM Flag

    If you want to know who the Street Sweeper really is just google
    Hunter Adams Street Sweeper Gambino family. Loads of articles about this pumper dump operation.


    Sentiment: Buy

  • Here are the KEY sentences from the article. Read them and think about them:
    General Electric Co. is touting an improved natural gas fuel cell that IT HOPES ONE DAY will provide low-cost electricity to commercial and industrial plants.

    A new company spun off from technology created at GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna IS POISED TO START A DEMONSTRATION MANUFACTURING PROJECT this month in a leased building at Saratoga Technology + Energy Park in Malta, said Johanna Wellington, general manager and CEO of GE fuel cell operations.

    So far ABOUT 20 WORKERS, many from the Niskayuna research center, are at the FLEDGLING FACILITY, with a total of 30 expected to be there by the end of the year, she said. (NOTE: from annual report 10/31/2013 FCEL had 298 employees in Torrington and 267 in Danbury.)

    LESSONS LEARNED BY GE - which use stainless steel and other materials, rather than more-expensive metals like platinum used in current fuel cell technology — will be applied when the company moves to build a full-scale manufacturing plant in the region, said Wellington.

    "THIS SHOULD HELP US LEAR QUICKER and get the technology to the field faster ... WE ARE STILL A COUPLE OF YEARS AWAY from commercial production," she said.

    My take on this article is that when they say they are a couple of years away from a commercial product, they are probably more like 4 years or more away. They must build a commercial manufacturing plant which normally is far more complicated to build and get high quality cells without excess waste. And do it at a respectable run rate. My guess is that when they get that plant operating, it will probably put out no more than 40mw or 50mw/yr. FCEL will be years ahead with hundreds of DFCs in the field.

    So I would look at this more as confirmation of the concept that this is a growing market that GE wants to participate in rather than worry that this is competition.

  • Reply to

    Wichita Falls info

    by dubs81csu Jul 16, 2014 7:23 PM
    ralph_sutex ralph_sutex Jul 17, 2014 10:28 AM Flag

    For the full story, Google….Wichita Falls considers chemical for drought relief.


  • ralph_sutex by ralph_sutex Jun 30, 2014 11:52 PM Flag

    Bloom Energy servers are not as energy efficient as claimed, a Middletown man alleges in a lawsuit against Delmarva Power and its parent company, Pepco Holdings Inc.

    Delmarva is levying a surcharge upon its Delaware customers to pay for a 30-megawatt fuel-cell project at two substations in New Castle County. The surcharges have ranged in recent months from $3.67 to $5.98, and the electrical project counts against Delmarva's state-mandated renewable-energy purchase requirements.

    The lawsuit, cast as a class-action suit on behalf of all of Delmarva's customers, was filed by William Whipple III on June 23 in Delaware Superior Court. The suit alleges that the electrical project is using more natural gas and is thus creating more pollution than allowed under its permits with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

    Whipple's attorneys note in the suit that the project's permits with DNREC allow a "heat rate" – the amount of natural gas used to power the fuel-cell server – of 6.6 MMBTU per megawatt hour. The attorneys write that, in practice, the heat rate has been consistently higher than that, and as high as 7.16 in May. The Bloom servers, they argue, "do not operate as efficiently as claimed."

    Delmarva, they write, "knowingly and recklessly concealed or suppressed its knowledge that the Bloom servers consumed more natural gas and, therefore, emitted more carbon dioxide than allowed under the permits with the intent to deceive its electricity customers" into believing that using the Bloom servers created cleaner electricity in exchange for a higher electrical charge.

    Whipple described himself as politically conservative and said he lent his name to the suit but was not paying for it. He said he was unsure who was doing so. "There are a lot of people involved," he said.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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