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Look Out FuelCell Energy, Here Comes General Electric

This week has been full of surprises for investors in FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ: FCEL  ) . First, the company announced that it had received a grant from the German government to explore ways to improve efficiency and reliability for its cells, which is a technological way of saying lower costs. Then, we learned that General Electric saw a breakthrough with its own fuel cell system and plans to start a pilot manufacturing facility very soon. While this second bit of news sent shares climbing, this could actually be troublesome for FuelCell Energy because General Electric's system will compete most directly with FuelCell Energy's system.

Find out why General Electric's fuel cell is most likely to affect FuelCell Energy's future more than other fuel cell manufacturers. Also, find out why this can be both troublesome and a blessing in disguise for investors in FuelCell Energy by tuning into the video below. 

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  • Report this Comment On July 24, 2014, at 12:35 PM, pac1investor wrote:

    GE is $260billion animal, while FCEL is a mere $600million pussycat. It is the height of ineptitude and blind thinking for GE management to compete with FCEL when GE can easily acquire FCEL without bruising much its money pit. You morons in GE---why not just buy this small growth company, before it becomes not that small.

  • Report this Comment On July 24, 2014, at 12:37 PM, Demokrat wrote:

    Why do you always have difficulty reading your cue cards? You stutter often. You should go at it more slowly.

    You should also train your eyes to remain fixed while you read. Your eyes move left to right continuously. It is distracting to the viewer. You don't see newscasters doing that. They are replaced if they do it too often.

    You might consider augmenting your video skills by committing to memory what you have to say rather than reading.

    Or if none of the above works make the switch from video to audio.

  • Report this Comment On July 24, 2014, at 2:33 PM, HvyOnEzFool wrote:

    While I tend to disagree with most of what Mr. Crowe says, I'm certain that the personal attacks and the delivery dislikes do nothing to further our cause.


  • Report this Comment On July 25, 2014, at 9:42 AM, jaketen2001 wrote:

    I wouldn't get too excited yet about GE's supposed new tech with fuel cells. Attaching an ICE to burn the exhaust fumes of a SOFC doesn't strike me as a breakthrough. It sounds so simple, and easy, that if it was really a breakthrough, it would have been done already. All/most stationary systems capture excess heat to maximize efficiency. It might not seem true, but GE has a habit of blustery tech talk. Remember a year or so ago, they had some new (old) battery tech that was going to displace any expansion of fuel cell backup systems? They were going to be deploying 5,000 of them right away! I have heard nothing about that since. And now here they are, hmmmm, investing in fuel cells.

    Yes, your post is relating how BLDP and Plug have nothing to worry about, for now, and that is true; because of the different fuel cell market they are in. But I think even FCEL and Bloom may not have too much to worry about either.

  • Report this Comment On July 25, 2014, at 11:53 AM, pac1investor wrote:

    I applaud GE's growing interest in fuel cells energy. It however does not have to strike a competition among established, but still small, companies. For General Electric sheer size, it just have to swallow them (FCEL, BLDP, PLUG) without impacting its financial standing. Streamlining the genius and know-hows from these companies, and creating a one Fuel Czar will move General Electric, an already iconic company, into the undiscovered realms and science of clean renewable energy. Bloom Energy is one other remaining energy company that GE management should consider partnership/acquisition.

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