A startup company called Redox, based at the University of Maryland, has come up with a generator that can run on a fuel cell – using diesel, natural gas and even biomass.
The team claims the ‘Cube’ can provide low-emission, uninterrupted power using renewable fuels at a lower operating cost than alternative fuel cell generators – at US$800 per kW.
The patented technology of Redox’s cube is based upon scientist Eric Wachsman’s low-temperature fuel cell research. At present the company is still developing a prototype 25-kW generator that will go online in December, according to Redox CEO Warren Citrin. “We’re going to actually show the machine, and overcome all the skeptics,” he said.
It will be available as a single, small-sized cube that can be scaled up for larger installations to meet larger power demands.