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Combined Cycle Power Plants: Is Their Reign Assured?

Posted July 07, 2016 9:12 AM by wagman262

Contributing editor Victor Rogers poses the question and we'd like to know what you think! Read his article here, then join the discussion on the electric power generating mix.

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Re: Combined Cycle Power Plants: Is Their Reign Assured?

07/08/2016 8:08 AM

When new developments are designed, be they residential or commercial, in my opinion they should be required to include fuel cell power plants to provide the power needed, plus 25 to 50% for future unplanned expansion. The "consumers" of this energy would benefit from lower cost power, the sale of excess generation fed back to the local utilities and a supply that would continue when the local grid is down. The surrounding area would benefit from the eliminated need to upgrade the electrical infrastructure to support the new developments.

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07/15/2016 1:12 PM

What? You have got to be joking, right??

Let's let you be the first to buy a new house with a fully operational fuel cell power plant! Where are you going to get your fuel? How much is ALL THAT going to cost you??? You expect everyone else is going to pay for it through taxes???!!

Lower cost power? If so, why haven't you already bought your home fuel cell??? And excess generation? Who says there will be? Do you even know how a fuel cell works??

And....if so easy, why don't we all just go with PV cells on our roofs....we have that technology now!!

Let's see......how much for the actual power plant, how much for the custom wiring, how much for the grid isolation switches, how much for maintenance on your fuel cell, how much for your appliances, how much for your battery back ups, etc.?? Just how much out of your pocket are YOU willing to spend??

For that matter, WHY HAVEN'T YOU ALREADY INSTALLED YOURS??? HMMM??

Obviously, everything is easy for you, AS LONG AS SOMEBODY ELSE PAYS FOR IT, RIGHT????

Idiotic.

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07/16/2016 8:27 AM

UH, did you ever consider the cost of the plant would be built into the prices of the individual houses/businesses in the area and the power output would be calculated to exceed the max requirement of said houses/businesses. The plant would be fueled by natural gas provided through underground piping. Perhaps you are unfamiliar with this technology. I pass by a company that makes these power plants on an almost daily basis. They are much smaller and quieter than other types of power plants as well as much "cleaner" than pretty much everything except solar and hydro-power, neither of which is economically realistic for the purpose I am suggesting.

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07/17/2016 3:26 PM

I vote for personal nuclear reactors

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