Creating bottled water from Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engines.

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Dryson, May 15, 2019 at 8:40 AM.

  1. Dryson

    Dryson Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Here is an idea that no one has thought of.
    The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bottled Water Company
    Creating bottled water from Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engines.
    The engine itself would be set up in protected area where it would operate continually 24 hours, 365 days a year, except during maintenance.
    Since the by-product emission is water the water could be collected, filtered and then bottled up an consumed like another other bottled water.
    There are 128 ounces in a gallon of water. A single Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine makes 20,716 gallons of water a year. That equals 2,651,648 fluid ounce of water divided by a 20 ounce bottle equals 132,582.4 20 ounce bottles of water that could be sold for $2.50 generating a revenue of $331,456 dollars a year from a single Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine.
    The added advantage is that the engine would provide electrical power while it was operating as it would be connected to a generator.
    Genius level...nah that is too easy.
    SHULOTZOBLING!
     
  2. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

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  3. XCV330

    XCV330 A Being of Pure Caffeine Premium Member

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    The space shuttles' fuel cells did actually make some of the water used on ISS during the construction missions. Not much, most was shipped in. These days they recycle what they've got and ship up extra for losses. It's not a perfect cycle and so distilled water from fuel cells is never going to be a major source of drinking water.

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  4. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

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    The business plan makes no sense. I shouldn't need to explain why beyond asking where the hydrogen and oxygen are coming from. Also, absolutely pure water is not particularly pleasant to drink. It'd be ok for putting in your steam iron, washing or rehydrating food.
     
  5. XCV330

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    Agreed. It tastes like nothing and is oddly unpleasant. The water from fuel cells on earth will make its way into drinking water the good old fashioned way, percolating down into the ground water table where it belongs.
     
  6. StarCruiser

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    Of course, that water will be water vapor first...you know, the worst greenhouse gas of them all!

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  7. Kor

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    So trace minerals could be added for taste, as is the case with many brands of bottled water today.

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  8. Asbo Zaprudder

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    I repeat, where are the hydrogen and oxygen coming from - electrolysis of existing water? How is the energy being generated to store the source gas(es), how are the gas(es) stored, and are they being liquified? What infrastructure and other capital expenditure are required? What recurring expenditure is required? How do these costs scale with size of operation? Where are there markets? How far can the markets be from the operation? What are the economic factors in these markets that affect setup and running costs? What are the forecast conditions in the markets? What is the competition? When does the operation break even and then start making a profitable return of investment? How is the operation financed? Who are the backers? How is the operation financed?

    So many factors...
     
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