THE PAIN POINT FOR BLOOM ENERGY AND FUEL CELL MAKERS

Posted by: Gigaom.com                Author:  Katie Fehrenbacher

In the grand scheme of energy technologies, the key component (hot box) that makes up a fuel cell — which is like a chemical battery that produces electricity — is relatively short-lived. This Achilles heel is one of the main reasons that building, installing and selling fuel cells can be so expensive, and almost none of the fuel cell makers are profitable yet. The short life span of the hot box is a key problem for the capital costs of fuel cell makers. Fuel cell makers are toiling away at trying to extend the life time of the hot box, as well as reduce overall manufacturing costs. Read Full Article Here

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