Efoy Fuel Cell

Submitted: Monday, May 11, 2009 at 09:54
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Well for a couple years they have been $6,000.

Now on Ebay you can buy from Austria, where I gather they are made, for a bit more than $2k.

Not that I would send $2k via an ebay transaction ever however it appears to be a real camping store you can actually go there so if its real then theoretically someone on a European holiday, (relatives maybe?) Can bring one back. Who's game?

Just wondering where are the copies from Asia? If they are so complicated that China can't make copies I'd have to wonder about taking them where you need decent suspension.

You can get the 10L refill cartridges in Melbourne for $69.99. Though there's safety issues I think with sending them out, probably not by plane or something.

This is some info I have been chasing for a while.

"All Efoys use 1.3 litres per 100 Ah and therefore the most powerful, the 1600 which produces a maximum of 130Ah per day, cannot consume more than 1.69 litres a day. Which means that a 10 litre cartridge would last for 5.91 days even if the 1600 was running flat out for 24 hours every day.

If you were needing 130 Ah every day, you would be most likely far from a typical power user. Even high power consumers run via inverters can be used judiciously so that, mixed with appliances run from other power sources, you can enjoy your comforts without running the Efoy flat out all the time.

As I said before (Mod Note. Advertising removed) in real-life mixed operating conditions the Efoy fuel can go a long way. And it's not a 'backup' but a central part of an integrated system which provides maximum flexibility and freedom."

Probably hitherto only used in maxi cruisers, though if the Austrian price is a guide, prices are plummeting. Perhaps better modules on the way soon. Maybe there's going to be some on auction from the gold coast boat builder wind up.

(And if Wayne who was interested in buying my Bush Kettle reads this, mate i"ve somehow deleted your pm and don't know how to contact you.)
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Reply By: chisel - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:55

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:55
Very interesting technology if the price is right.
A pity they require the specialised fuel - which won't be readily available around the country.
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:59

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:59
" Even high power consumers run via inverters can be used judiciously ....."

I don't think so.... The max output of the Efoy 1600 is a mere 65w, way too low for many inverters to utilise for most 240v applications, even neglecting their inefficiencies.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Porl - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:03

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:03
Well i read it as something you use to charge the batteries used not run off it. Looking at it that way with no off cycling like a fridge, it'd be pretty useful price and fuel permitting, and a hell of a lot easier to use than repositioning bulky solar panels and worrying about clouds etc or refuelling gennies and changing oil etc etc

Just an option. I'll buy a lotto ticket this week and take a plane trip to Austria and when I win I'll get one and let you all know.
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Reply By: Nutta - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:49

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:49
Is this an australian outlet?
http://www.neco.com.au/categories.asp?cID=144&c=114430
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Follow Up By: Member - Porl - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:49

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 11:49
seems so but the price, ouch.
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Follow Up By: Nutta - Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:38

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:38
Sorry, I'd confused your question, now i reread it i get it.
Cheers Wayne.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:27

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:27
Great thing if they can get them up at a reasonable cost.
Here is another couple....
http://www.cfcl.com.au/
This one - Truma VeGA - uses LPG as a fuel.

Cheers,
Peter
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