Comments: P2P Power Generation

Why fuel cells? Why not solar or wind (depending on local conditions)? (Mind you, both of those probably still have too high a cost of entry, and too low a rate of repayment, to really take off.)

I agree that there's a strong question of interest. However, like the Internet and local currencies (see this spool entry) I wonder if there's a chance that small local networks can grow up which then become connected?

Posted by paul mison at August 19, 2003 1:33 PM

I think Rifkin chose fuel cells for two reasons:

a) As well as a high cost of entry, Solar and wind power still rely on environmental factors which means small networks would suffer shortages across the board on a still or cloudy day, whereas you can use catalyitic conversion or electrolysis to store hydrogen for the lean times.

b) Jeremy Rifkin is the author of "The Hydrogen Economy: The Creation of the World Wide Energy Web and the Redistribution of Power on Earth" (Polity Press: 2002).

Interesting you should mention the local or complimentary currencies: I was thinking of how this network might be like the "time dollar" currency operating in some deprived areas of America, or the "fureai kippu" (caring relationship tickets) described by Bernard Lietaer in the article linked from your spool entry here: .

Posted by Jonah at August 19, 2003 3:01 PM

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