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Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by mark Ransley, Sep 20, 2003.

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  1. mark Ransley

    mark Ransley Guest

    For 1100 us I can get a 4000w generac exl. and manual transfer panel
    instaled, It consumes apx 1 gal hr. so it costs apx .50c a kilowatt.
    What would a fuel cell cost and cost to run, and where would I get the
    fuel, are they any way near competitive.
     
  2. albown

    albown Guest

    In a word not competitive at this time. H2 is a bit hard to get a hold of
    and that is what a lot of fuel cells use. The natural gas ones have not
    come into their own yet.

    IMHO keep away from the generac. I had 6 of them on a construction site and
    never had them all working except for the first week.
     
  3. Steve Spence

    Steve Spence Guest

    1 gallon per hour is pretty hefty consumption for a 4kw unit. even so, at
    1.65 / gallon gasoline, that comes out to $.41 per kWh, not kw. Solar and
    wind can be generated for about $.18 per kWh.
     
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