Baxi use both techs in different products: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpV1w65GSdo Both big and expensive...
Fuel Cells vs Stirling CHP boilers
Interesting posts - went off to do some more research I though this was informative http://www.thegreenage.co.uk/tech/chp-boilers/
Thinking about your comment: "Mention mCHP to the average Joe and he doesn't know what you are talking about" I think that's fair comment but another thing to note is that fuel cell's are soon to be everywhere, particularly in the automotive industry, this will drive consumer acceptance as they become increasingly aware of what a fuel cell is and what it means. If the average Joe has spent 15K on a new fuel cell car they are going to be very open, if not pro-actively interested in a fuel cell boiler. Convincing myself even more ;) M
I'm by no means talking down flow! I think their model is great and I sincerely hope they're successful! Anything that pushes against the giants is good in my book! I'm just so sold on the H economy, no doubt live to regret it! M
18 Oct '14
Your points are well made and I will certainly be watching Flow with interest although I am not invested at this time. There is certainly some good PR coming out of Flow and sometimes I wonder if it is too good if that makes sense. I was watching the flow board and there was lots of talk of share price rises which all seemed to be happening quite fast. Having had my fingers burned like this on H stocks I elected to sit and watch from the sidelines for the time being. As you say there will certainly be room for more than one technology. GL
17 Oct '14
Ok. But I will ask you to look at things from another angle. Mention mCHP to the average Joe and he doesn't know what you are talking about. The Baxi Ecogen and WhisperGen have been on the market for years but cost is stopping mCHP going mainstream. For the general public to accept the concept (irrespective of tech) there needs to be a product that can compete cost wise with a regular already used device. The Flow boiler will do that....up front cost to the customer is same as an installed regular condensing boiler. If successful, I expect FlowGroup to have market cap in the £100'smillions over the next 3 years with a globally recognized name, a name linked with mCHP. And this will open the door and lead the way for other mCHP techs in future. And as with most things there will not be a technology or company that will be used exclusively....GL
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