Contact Robb Edwards:
What are the serious pitfalls to fuel cell commercialization
and how does ZTEK stack up against the competition?
1) Many fuel cell systems lack the ability to run on commercially available
fuels (example, pure hydrogen is not available from a pipeline or from
a neighborhood filling station and the infrastructure won't be available
in near future) ZTEK's system runs on natural gas, propane,
and other readily available fuel sources.
2) Peripheral issues become more burdensome than primary operations; i.e.,
lack of hydrogen availability for the foreseeable future. ZTEK's
system isn't affected by this hydrogen problem as it generates the needed
hydrogen mix internally from other commercially available fuels.
3) Many prototype fuel cell systems lack the enabling traits for hardware
simplification to meet commercial cost threshold (example, the low temperature
fuel cell systems currently available on the market, following more than
a decade of product hardware refinement after the initial prototype introduction,
have not been able to reduce the cost below $4000/kW)
ZTEK's system has been developed along a final product
format to show potential customers the actual size, weight and system
simplicity which are of multifold advantageous over the competitors.
4) Along the lines of the previous problem is the fact that many systems
being introduced are too heavy and/or too large for many of the distributed
generation applications they are being sought to supply; i.e. rooftop
installations and tight space requirements. ZTEK's system
is greatly lighter and occupies a much smaller footprint and volume than
any of the competitors by a factor of three to five.
5) Over burdensome system operating procedures due to balance of plant
complexity ZTEK's system has demonstrated in its prototype
field testing its maintainability with commercially available components
and normal service personnel.