Fuel Cell Power Generators Try To Make Decentralized Power Reasonable

from the utilities?--we-don't-need-no-stinkin'-utilities dept

Last week, we poked a little fun at Nicholas Carr for comparing the IT industry to an electric utility, claiming that centralization is the obvious end result. Carr was kind enough to email me after that post with a full copy of his latest article to show the details of his argument. He runs through the case that companies started with their own power generators, and eventually realized it was cheaper and more efficient just to buy power from a centralized utility. Carr believes computing power will go in the same direction. Of course, there's one problem, which we noted last week: there's a growing trend to move back to decentralized electricity. In fact, it appears to be a hot investment area. The fine folks at Silicon Beat point to an article revealing the details behind one of Kleiner Perkins stealthy energy investments. The company is building small fuel cell power plants designed to help power small buildings. The technology is still pretty early on, but it shows, once again, that trends in centralization and decentralization tend to swing back and forth. There are benefits to both things. While many of today's tasks might be better off with a centralized computing system, the decentralized nature of computing power might be viewed more as an opportunity than a wasted resource, as Carr implies.

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  1. identicon
    Freed, May 19th, 2005 @ 4:51am

    No Subject Given

    Ion America is the company that is supposed to be providing the fuel cell power plant, and their website is down as of this writing:


    That's one stealthy company.

    - Freed

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  2. identicon
    Dave, May 19th, 2005 @ 6:30am

    Fuel Cell Power Generators Try To Make Decentraliz

    The "Decentralized Power" strategy is at least 10 years old. Call me from your flying fuel-cell powered electric car when we get there.
    Have fun!

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    Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2005 @ 11:30pm


    Yet Another Way To Convert Fossil Fuels to Electricity.

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