Sunday, July 19, 2009

Running the numbers on Hydrogen

Michael Giberson at Knowledge Problem has the details on Jetstream Wind's new plant in New Mexico.

From the comments:

Put another way, if this plant delivered 10 MW per hour every hour of the year, and was able to net $100/MW over ooperating costs, then it’s net free cash flow would be about $8.7 million per year. Consider that given current power prices and assuming some O&M cost, this thing will likely net $2-3 million per year.

So I ask, is a $2-$9 million per year return enough to justify a $219 million investment?

Actually that's being excessively generous. I doubt the plant will cover its operating costs, let alone pay back any of its capital costs.


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Blogger Joseph Irvine said...


I received a grant to work with personal hydrogen generators. If you do a Google search on HHO generators you will find a lot of conflicting information.

The long and short is that it looks like devices that can be created for ~ $100 [I have both built and bought such devices for that price range] can generate commensurate hydrogen to increase fuel mileage based on electrolysis of water. You simply run it in parallel to your car battery and the electricity running through plain water generates hydrogen gas. When added to the air inflow in your car the combustion results in a greater energy release because of the volatility of the hydrogen.

Other people have used it to create welders and other devices. The long and short is that personal hydrogen generation and usage appears to be a very affordable possibility. I have successfully created it and am working on implementation.

Joseph Irvine

July 19, 2009 at 10:25:00 PM MST  

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