Fuel cells are starting to pop up all over California. A wide variety of businesses such as breweries, food processing, waste water treatment plants, grocery stores, hotels, a casino and even a jail.
Each unit can be the size of a large SUV, saving large amounts of money and reducing the carbon footprint.
These units take oxygen from the air and combine it with fuel such as natural gas in an electrochemical process that produces electricity without using combustion.
They are expensive, but their costs can be recouped in roughly 10 years, and are much more environmentally friendly than anything we are currently using. Buyers are eligible for tens of thousands of dollars in government rebates and available tax incentives.
There are more than 40 cities in California that are producing about 35 megawatts of power. That’s enough electricity to light up about 35,000 average homes.
Some of the high profile installations include Google Inc. in the Bay area and eBay Inc. in San Jose.