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  • Is FuelCell Energy Still A Good Investment? [View article]
    You are right. It is reforming (the catalytic conversion of CH4 to H2, CO and H2O) followed by oxidation, the conversion of H2 and CO (reformed product) to H2O and CO2 and electrons (electricity). Due to the high temperature it operates, efficient heat recovery is also possible. Materials of construction are, therefore, very expensive.

    I do not follow the industry but my questions are: what is the cost of the unit ($/kW), the maintenance/replacement cost ($/kW) and the cost of electricity ($/kW-h) based on the technology? How competitive with existing and "disruptive" technologies are those numbers. Initially, 30 years or so ago what was FCEL's prediction for output (MW/yr) that made the concept economical?
    May 22, 2014. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • UnitedHealth drops doctors from Medicare Advantage Plans [View news story]
    Basically, UHC has no valid reason to do what they did. Their lawyers, using loopholes in the existing laws, made the move to reduce fees for service-- of course, the CEO's of UHC will benefit and their bonuses will double. Finally, like good dna deficient republicans that they are their rationale will be "Obama made me do it"

    By the way, UHC is also increasing the tier levels of medicines they cannot control (they now own Optumux LLC). The copay increases were not raises 5, 10 or 15%. They were raised by 100%, the patients have no recourse but to comply. Greed, greed and more greed.
    Nov 17, 2013. 01:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • UnitedHealth drops doctors from Medicare Advantage Plans [View news story]
    UHC is cutting physicians from all plans. Mostly primary providers-- they want to control who lives and who dies. The CEO is not happy with millions of dollars in bonuses and he wants billions. It is irrelevant to him(her) that people will die. Greed is all that matters.

    By the way, they are also moving patent protect drugs to higher tiers and doubling (100%) copays. For those on fixed incomes the increase in copay overwhelms the increase in income. Ahhhh, the CEO may get his billions after all!
    Nov 17, 2013. 01:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment