Hydroelectric

Briefly Noted

Issue 4 and Volume 105.

Hydro Environmental Resources has announced that it is building a fuel cell that will produce 2.5 kWh in a self-contained unit in which the source of hydrogen is generated internally requiring no outside power source. Most current hydrogen fuel cell models require liquid hydrogen from an external source be added to the unit to produce electricity. Hydro Environmental says has developed a technology that allows the unit to make its own source of hydrogen from water, in virtually any form including salt water or sewer water.

Minnesota electric cooperative Great River Energy has filed a comprehensive 2001 resource plan that includes evaluating the feasibility of distributed generation including the use of fuel cells and microturbines.