Could Fuel Cells Power Up the Grid?

Current fuel cell costs still an impediment to widespread utilization

Published: 22-Aug-2003

When the power grid crashed in New York and other cities across an eight-state region and in Canada last Thursday, not everyone was left in the dark. In fact, at least one building wasn't even on the grid to begin with.

While other buildings that house vital services — hospitals, local government emergency centers, radio and television stations — remained functional during the blackout thanks only to backup power generators, one New York City Police precinct in Manhattan wasn't even fazed by the sudden electrical disruption.

"We weren't affected by the blackout at all," says Dave Giordano, a community affairs officer at the Central Park Precinct in Manhattan. "We were still shining."

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