New ceramic fuel cells also function as mini-power stations
| 03.04.2008 | 15:01:01 | Views: 3004 | ID:
March 4 '08: A new technology has been developed by an Australian company which derives energy from ceramic cells that can also double as mini-power stations, Reuters reported. The company, Ceramic Fuel Cells Unlimited has just signed a large contract with the Dutch energy firm Nuon to install the cells into Dutch homes by the end of 2009.
According to the CFCL's website, Distributed Generation (DG) "is electricity [that] is produced where it is consumed - that is within the local area on the low voltage distribution side of the grid. ... The concept of DG involves number[s] of electricity generation sources providing electricity into the distribution side of the grid." The energy units can range from 1 to 5kW of power.At its heart, the technology will allow "Utilities to save so much money by producing electricity in people's homes, which is twice as efficient as producing it in big power stations and sending it through the grid, that analysts expect (CFCL) will give the next-generation boilers to customers for free." In Scotland, government officials are partnering with the private sector to take standby power generators and create "virtual" power facilities that can give emergency power back to the grid in an emergency. And the Economist reported on a similar story in wich one Washington-based company, AFS Trinity is developing a new capacitor technology for military and commercial use that would enable cars and vehicles up to 150 mph. National Blueprint Tags: Transportation & Logistics P3, Economic & Infrastructure P3.
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