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Fuel cells... the energy of the future... for the last 150 years.
Despite their "high-tech" aura, fuel cells have been known to science since the late 1800s. Researchers considered converting coal or coal gas to electricity. Lab experiments were sufficient to inform the researchers that, one day, the efficiencies of electricity production might outweigh the expense of constructing large precious metal plates using perforated platinum.

As a result of experiments in World War II, advances on different electrolytes were made in the 1950s and 1960s; some were furthered by NASA through the space program. Download the DOE comparison chart.

The CHP alternative: Some commercial success has been attained by Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells operating at lower temperatures of around 250 degrees Centigrade. They are 85% efficient when used for the co-generation of electricity and heat but less efficient at generating electricty alone (37%-42%). This is only slightly more efficient than combustion-based power plants, which typically operate at 33%-35% efficiency. To gain more efficiencies, these solutions reclaim the waste heat lost in Combined Heat & Power (CHP) techniques.
NASA Mars Project: a breakthrough fuel cell technology.
Design Factor: Designed for exploration on Mars, where creating oxygen to breathe and hydrogen to power vehicles was a critical by product, a NASA team built an oxygen production cell using solar power and Mars water. However, the Surveyor Lander mission was cancelled in 2001.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Advantages: For decades, predictions for successful fuel cell advancements have looked to the lower cost ceramic material electrolyte for its extremely high electrical efficiencies. These operate at around 1000°C.

In 2010, a well-funded Silicon Valley startup introduced a new energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly fuel cell based on some of NASA's original Mars science. The solid oxide fuel cell uses natural gas (or any other fuel) and oxygen, operates at just under 1,000 degrees centigrade, and produces clean, affordable electricty at an efficiency of approximately 58%.

Nectar Partners' Experience: Contacted by a prominent Silicon Valley based solid oxide fuel cell manufacturer about their plans to enter into the North East markets, Nectar Partners has arranged dozens of introductions with potential projects where this technology could provide significant return on investment.

Upcoming Expectations: With pricing proposals in the market, Nectar Partners will further observe the solutions ability to meet real project demands. Plans to establish a fuel cell manufacturing plant in the North East will bring costs down over time, making the solution more affordable.

The Return On Investment (ROI): These fuel cells answer a growing demand for clean and affordable energy. Where electrictiy costs are high, and natural gas prices relatively low, the solid oxide fuel cell might have the right mix for specific geographic regions.

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