The Florida Public Service Commission has approved a set of conservation programs proposed by Peoples Gas System Inc., the only natural gas local distribution company in the state required by law...
The fuel cell article in the March 15 Fortnightly twice mentions a target of $50 per kilowatt for fuel cells. (See "Fuel Cells: White Knight for Natural Gas?" p. 22.)
I hadn't heard that target before. At that price, something like the General Electric/Plug Power residential unit of 7 kilowatts would cost $350 (instead of something like $3,500, which has been talked about). Anything close to $50 per kilowatt would be truly incredible.
I read "The Business Case for Fuel Cell Technology," the AdvanceTech Monitor report cited in the article as one of the sources of this information, which does indeed talk about $50 per kilowatt for automobiles. It goes on to talk about a cost of $500 to $600 per kilowatt for residential use, which poses some interesting questions. Given that fuel cells are "scalable," it's hard to see how adapting the technology from a 50-kW car to a 7-kW home could create a tenfold increase in cost per kilowatt. Both uses of fuel cells will require a reformer (at least until hydrogen shows up at the gas station). And of course, the home fuel cell will require a DC-AC inverter, but at mass production levels, the inverter cost wouldn't explain a tenfold increase.
Does this mean that the transportation cost per kilowatt is too low or that the home cost per kilowatt is too high?