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Ceres Power is already producing the affordable fuel cell of the future?

Ceres Power produces affordable and very efficient fuel cells.


Ceres Power is a British company based in West Sussex, England, that produces fuel cells using cheap and abundant materials.

Phil Caldwell, the CEO of Ceres Power says that the fuel cells produced by his company are more efficient than the conventional grid.

The grid in the UK works at about 35% efficiency due to the wasted energy through the cooling towers and through transmission and distribution, but the fuel cells produced by Ceres Power reach an electrical efficiency of about 50%.

The technology was first invented in 2002 by professor Brian Steele at the Imperial College, and what he did was a piece of steel that was covered by a very thin layer of ceramic, and the function of the fuel cell was printed on top.

Conventional fuel cells require expensive materials for production, but the materials used by the Ceres fuel cells are low-cost steel combined with conventional ceramic, which are produced with an equipment adapted from the solar PV industry.

These fuel cells actually represent a combination of available materials and conventional manufacture technology.

Ceres fuel cells represent a faster and cheaper solution that enables more renewables to enter the system because they can deal with the intermittency, which is specific to these energy sources.

The fuel cells produced by Ceres Power enable the user to generate power inside the home at the point where the user needs it, and can lower the energy bill by 30%.

Ceres fuel cells work with hydrogen and natural gas and can be used to power data centres, to increase the range of an electric vehicle, to power your home or your business.

Using natural gas means that they are not 100% clean, but they can be considered a low-carbon technology.

One fuel cell produces about 10W of electricity, but by stacking about 100 fuel cells in a larger unit (one above the other) we can have a 1KW unit.

1KW energy is not enough to power a house (you may need more units for that), but it can significantly reduce your monthly electricity bill (about 30% lower).

Magda Savin
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Magda Savin

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