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Fuel Cells and Disaster Relief

Max Almono Patricio Barnuevo,


Jenny Cusack, Jeremy Fishman

| Information Technology Review | April 21th

Problem

Recommendation

Business Case

Hurricane Sandy
Estimated damages
costing over $50
billion
Caused over 8 million
people to lose power

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Issues with Current Resources


Sandy caused 87 deaths by
hypothermia due to power
outages and carbon monoxide
poisoning from generator failures

According to FEMA current


generators are unreliable and
hazardous

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Disaster Relief with Conventional Generators

Combustion generators
are clumsy
Require large and
constant supply of gas

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Recommendation

Invest in BlueGen to to
develop FEMA specific
portable fuel cell
generators

Implement BlueGen
generators into disaster
relief efforts

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Use opened up logistics


and new funds to
further increase FEMA
relief operations

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Conclusion

Portable Fuel Cell Generators


Efficient

Logistics

Doesnt require constant supply of


fuel

Usage of Heat Byproduct


Provide heating for those affected
Cook warm food

Logistics opened up from


reduction of fuel demand

Morale Booster

Heat and food provide


comforts that are rare in
disasters

Wide Operating Range

Disaster Zones

Power in inclement weather and in


nearly in environment

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Relief efforts occur in


difficult environments and
in unpredictable situations

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Benefits of Fuel Cells


Operational Costs

Grid Independent

Hydrogen is abundant and


cheap
$100 to $200 per kW

Reliable, Safe
Stable prices

Environmentally
Friendly

Reductions in green house


gas emissions

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Other Benefits in Disaster Relief


Fuel
Flexible

Operates on
conventional or
renewable fuel

More
Power

Modern efforts
demand electricity

Scalability

Lightweight and
modular
Be fitted to any
situation

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Business Impacts
Increased capital and resources
from more efficient electricity
generation

Impacts
More Funds
To invest in new equipment and personnel

Increased Efficiency
Investors/governments more likely to provide funds

Freed Logistics
Resources can be devoted to other causes/materials

Higher Morale
Comforts provided by Fuel Cells are key

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Problem

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Conclusion
Hurricane Sandy

Current Resources
Recommendation
Portable Fuel Cells

Benefits
Business Impacts
Technical Description

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Conclusion