How does a fuel cell work? See the list of resources below; energy tax incentives are also included. But first, I recently came across ClearEdge Power, a company that provides fuel cell-based energy systems (hot water, electricity) for both commercial and residential facilities. The concept is interesting.
Here’s a brief excerpt from their website about fuel cell technology:
About the size of a refrigerator, the ClearEdge5 fuel cell hooks up to your natural gas supply and through its fuel processor, draws the hydrogen molecules out. Then, through an electrochemical process that combines the hydrogen molecules with oxygen, the unit generates up to 5kW of electricity for use throughout your entire home and business.
As electricity is generated through an electrochemical process that does not involve combustion (unlike traditional power plant generated electricity), it produces negligible amounts of pollutants and reduces your carbon emissions by up to 40%. Moreover, as heat is produced as a byproduct of the electrochemical reaction, the unit also produces enough excess heat to warm about 750 gallons of water — enough to heat your pool or domestic hot water supply. When used for both electricity and heat, the ClearEdge5 operates at 90% efficiency and can cut your energy costs by as much as 50%. (SOURCE: ClearEdge Power website)
For others interested in fuel cells as well, the following is a list of resources to help you find more info:
Fuel Cell Resources
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How a Fuel Cell Works
Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Rebate
Fuel Cell Tax Incentives
For more information regarding federal incentives, click here.
Sustainable Energy Practices
Fuel Cell Hydrogen and Energy Association
United States Green Building Council
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
California Public Utilities Commission
California Center for Sustainable Energy
California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative
Clean Economy Network
CleanTECH San Diego
Energy Solutions Center, Inc.
Northeast Energy and Commerce Association