I have been trying to understand the fuel cell market. This is an interesting description.
A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent. Hydrogen is the most common fuel, but hydrocarbons such as natural gas and alcohols like methanol are sometimes used. Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen/air to sustain the chemical reaction; however, fuel cells can produce electricity continually for as long as these inputs are supplied.
The first fuel cells were invented in 1838. The first commercial use of fuel cells came more than a century later in NASA space programs to generate power for probes, satellites and space capsules. Since then, fuel cells have been used in many other applications. Fuel cells are used for primary and backup power for commercial, industrial and residential buildings and in remote or inaccessible areas. They are also used to power fuel-cell vehicles, including forklifts, automobiles, buses, airplanes, boats, motorcycles and submarines.
There are many types of fuel cells, but they all consist of an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte that allows charges to move between the two sides of the fuel cell. Electrons are drawn from the anode to the cathode through an external circuit, producing direct current electricity. As the main difference among fuel cell types is the electrolyte, fuel cells are classified by the type of electrolyte they use followed by the difference in startup time ranging from 1 sec for PEMFC to 10 min for SOFC. Fuel cells come in a variety of sizes. Individual fuel cells produce relatively small electrical potentials, about 0.7 volts, so cells are “stacked”, or placed in series, to increase the voltage and meet an application’s requirements. In addition to electricity, fuel cells produce water, heat and, depending on the fuel source, very small amounts of nitrogen dioxide and other emissions. The energy efficiency of a fuel cell is generally between 40–60%, or up to 85% efficient in cogeneration if waste heat is captured for use.
The fuel cell market is growing, and Pike Research has estimated that the stationary fuel cell market will reach 50 GW by 2020.
The power disc company with their eflow technology is very coo. Their founder and president is an amazing inventor and driver who embodies Thomas Edison principles of “If there is a better way to do it find” Find out what the world needs and go build it.
Looking forward to getting further up to speed on it,
I really like this company. Lowest cost tablet in the world that has 15% of the market share in India. Hosting event in Vancouver on the 21st of April 2014 with the founder to learn more about his motivations and passion for delivering this to the masses.
Vancouver as a global technology hub of convergence of foreign money, talent, ideas seems to be getting more traction. I heard in dialogue the other week that Chinese VC’s are now taking positions in CDN Tech companies and the resource rich investment that popularized the last 10 years by the Chinese is and has switched into looking for private company investments. In addition I think Canada will benefit by the favourable and entrepreneurial investment immigration approach through incubator visa’s with people with great ideas who want to come live, work, play and build their businesses in Canada.
In addition and this was a thought i had driving this morning to roller hockey with my boys. Silicon Valley started on Sand Hill Road with a bunch of guys and the colloborative research arm of stanford and many big hits. Silicon Valley popularized the “syndication” model of deals and the working together in a concentrated area.
I believe there will and starting see “global syndication” of deals where chinese VC’s, Jakarta VC’s, USA vc’s will colloborate around funding of companies with global scope and these globally syndicated early stage deals will move a heck of lot faster.
In addition I believe that deals and companies will flock to VC’s who can actually help them through their contacts and connections drive revenue and align around the over-arching triple bottom line approach to the business.
A number of VC models with approaches of cash grabs, series a, ipo get my money and run is 90′s biz model.
Flock to Vancouver Canada which is a oasis of triple bottom line companies, values driven companies that are making money and doing good!
We have fun, we work hard, we make money, we do good for our families, communities and the planet.
Interesting dynamics in emerging markets. Was with a + billion real estate asset manager (owner) and he mentioned he was keen to own assets in Australia. I see jakarta as a place long term to be also.
Originally posted on Quartz:
The big markets news at the end of last week was the plunge of Argentina’s peso. The sell-off came as many other emerging-market currencies were already sliding:
What’s driving these trends is the intersection of the US Federal Reserve’s decision to slow its bond-buying stimulus—the so-called “taper,” which has been fueling a sell-off in emerging markets since early last summer—with a variety of more local problems, ranging from troubled economic institutions to political unrest and bad economic data in China. But a smart note from London’s Capital Economics, highlighted by the FT’s Izabella Kaminska, provides a helpful taxonomy of what different emerging economies are going through and, more importantly, whether one country’s problems could prove contagious to others, as happened during the currency crises of the 1990s. We’ve broken it down with the following maps.
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