State Emergency Management uses hydrogen fuel cells for backup
Last Update: 10/06/2006 7:09:15 PM
By: Associated Press
SANTA FE (AP) - New Mexico's Office of Emergency Management has
unveiled six hydrogen fuel cells that it will use in the future for
backup electricity if emergencies cut off regular electric supplies.
The Plug Power GenCore fuel cells are a collaboration between the
office and the U.S. Army National Automotive Center.
That national center works to speed up technology of benefit to the
military and businesses.
The fuel cells replace diesel generators.
Officials say the fuel cells offered lower maintenance, cheaper
operating costs and an immediate response to power outages without
producing any emissions.
A diesel generator will power the Emergency Operation Center in
The hydrogen fuel cells will supply electricity to the rest of the
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Most of them use diesel-powered generators.
One of them puts out CO2, a greenhouse gas; the other one puts
out water vapor, a greenhouse gas.
One uses earth-raping industrial complexes to produce fuel from
dwindling oil reserves.
The other uses earth-raping industrial complexes to produce fuel
from dwindling freshwater reserves.
The worshippers of technology just don't get it: The
environmental crisis is _caused_ by the over-use and abuse of
Add more industries, and/or replacing old ones with new ones
doesn't help the situation at _all_. In fact, it usually just
makes things worse.
What we have to do is leave the Earth _alone_, and industrial
technology can't do that.
There isn't any magic machine that is going to save the
planet. We can only save the planet by reducing our ecological
footprints. Which means using the lowest order of technology that
will get the job done and consuming things that are produced,
from the ground up, locally.
People have to live with the environmental damage they do. They
have to look it right in the eye from their homes.
Right now, all the psuedo-progressives do is export the environmental
damage their lifestyle causes to some place far away where they
can pretend it isn't happenning.
Is this promoter of hydrogen going to live next door to a plant
where millions of gallons of freshwater a day are split into
hydrogen and oxygen by massive electrical currents?
That could blow up at any second and destroy everything for miles
No. He's not that stupid. He plans for _other_ people to work in
and live near those industrial complexes.
He'll have a nice place overlooking a greenbelt well out of range
of any possible disaster caused by this wonderful technology he
promotes. Sure isn't going to have _his_ view spoiled by the ugly
complex, either. And it would really bring down his property
value...Can't have that.
I have a new back up power source.....i bought a new $0.00 mouse
yesterday and I kid you not it came with a 176 page booklet
Alan Connor wrote:
Now there you go....they are going to have a Diesel Genset run the
War Room, and the critical Comms Systems, while the rest of the building
can go cold when the FuelCell doesn't work as specified. Says a lot about
how trusting they are in FuelCell Technology.......