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Governmental regulations are a significant driver for the consideration of environmentally sensitive technologies. The consideration of fuel cells has benefited from governmental regulations because of the special characteristics of fuel cells (highly efficient and low polluting). If governmental regulations or credits provide additional incentives for the consideration of highly efficient systems — through carbon dioxide reduction credits to address global climate change — then fuel cells will benefit because of that high efficiency. However, the most significant drivers will likely be those provided by the global free market which is increasingly aware of fuel cell benefits, increasingly considerate of high efficiency technologies (e.g., the Kyoto protocol and Buenos Aires accords), and increasingly participatory in the development of cost-effective systems to solve the energy environmental challenge. This market will eventually produce lower-cost fuel cell systems that will outperform current technologies in every respect (life cycle cost, environmental sensitivity, etc.), which will lead to their widespread use in distributed power generation.

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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