| EarthSync Monitor - Op/Ed
Tuesday, September 19, 2017          10:08 pm EST  
Addressing the Fuel Cell Naysayers

The recent news from California Fuel Cell Partnership of their plan to deploy hydrogen refueling stations received many of the typical negative comments to the promise of fuel cells and the hydrogen medium. The standard fuel cell and hydrogen criticisms are easily refuted. Technology commercialization curves have upfront higher costs, and then, as with IT, the efficiency of the given technology increases and costs drop, or at least remaining relatively constant as the product efficiency still rises.

The questions of why fuel cells work; and how the feedstock systems for a fuel cell car, truck, bus or light rail train work; and what the point of it all is, needs to be addressed before lay persons make sure they have killed off this climate change technology solution. Climate change technology solutions are often premium environmentally preferred solutions. Yes, the cost of solar coming more into line with coal on a per kilowatt basis is great; but a viable solar car is unlikely. A world of battery plug-in hybrid vehicles does not cut GHG  [...]

Smart Grid DEEP: The Smart Grid, Distributed Energy and Efficiency Program

"(Distributed energy) includes photovoltaic solar arrays, micro-turbines, and fuel cells, as well as combined heat and power, which are installed on site, and owned and operated by customers themselves to reduce energy costs, boost on-site power reliability and improve power quality..." -- "The Potential Benefits of Distributed Generation... : A Study Pursuant to Sec. 1817, Energy Policy Act of 2005", DOE, February 2007.

Why distributed energy (DE)? The idea of smaller power plants closer to demand centers goes back to the early applications of mass electrification. DE is efficient, and because ultra-low emission systems like hybrid solar-fuel cell plants are being deployed (i.e. US Postal Service), highly effective in addressing global warming. A centralized coal-fired plant is now more expensive than a series of smaller plants using cleaner, more efficient systems like combined heat and power (CHP), solar and biofuel feedstock, due to resulting greenhouse gases (GHG) and dwindling conventional energy supplies.

We clearly need to address our energy usage through efficiency, first: whether this is commercializing LED (light emitting diode), incentives for compact florescent lighting (CFL) and LEED standards [Leadership in  [...]

My letter to Joe Romm

Joe Romm is the editor of Climate Progress and a former Clinton Administration official. His criticisms of important climate change  [...][]

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