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|From: The Fertile Zone (fertilezoneebox.oo.net)|
|Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 22:59:24 -0500|
Housing developments may soon have the means to be completely independent of power grid services. FUEL CELL TO POWER TEST HOUSE An energy technology called a fuel cell will for the first time supply all the power to a suburban home, a brick ranch-style house in Latham, New York that engineers planned to disconnect from the local utility June 17. Fuel cells are on the verge of breakthrough as an economical alternative to traditional energy sources. Officials at the US Energy Department, which is helping to pay for the Latham test, have high hopes that within a few years thousands of homes will be drawing electric power from fuel cells, cutting pollution and fuel consumption. The fuel-cell device at the Latham house looks more like a home central air-conditioning unit than the small chemical plant it really is. An idea that has been around for more than 100 years, fuel cells convert liquid fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction instead of combustion. Confidence about mass producing the latest designs at reasonable costs is growing as researchers make progress tinkering with the fuel cell's membranes. Scientists are now using Gore-Tex, the fabric used in foul-weather gear, to make the ultra- thin membranes crucial to the basic chemical reaction - combining oxygen and hydrogen to make water and electricity. Plug Power, the company running the Latham test, predicts it can market residential fuel cells by 2000 at $3,000 to $5,00O each. - The New York Times, 17 Jun 98, p A27, by Matthew L. Wald. The Fertile Zone http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/4726/ Natural Familily Planning doesn't get any simpler.
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