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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE Tuesday, October 1, 1974 'BIG HELPER' Converts Your Pick-Up to DUMP TRUCK In Minutes. Fits any Vz or ton pickup with Standard 8 ft. bed (Safe load limit 1 Ton) FLATDECK TRAILERS GOOSENECK COUPLER LOCKS AUTOMATICALLY FLAT BEDS FROM 8 x 12' TO 8 x 35 TANDEM OH TRIPLE AXLE FOR LOADS UP TO IB 000 LSS TRAILED Your local dealer: WELDERMAN SUPPLY CO. 1210 3rd Avenue North, Lethbridge Phone 328-7453 Fuel cells convert gas into electricity CALGARY (CP) Fuel cells, each smaller than a washer and dryer, soon may be used commercially in the North to convert natural gas to electricity, says John Fisher, vice- president and general manager of Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd "Its first use could very well be in camps in the Arctic Islands or Northwest Territories where either butane or propane could be used if natural gas was not available on site Canadian Western, which provides natural gas ser- vice in southern Alberta, is one of 33 natural-gas utili- ties involved in the-Team to Advance Research for Gas Energy Transforma- tion (TARGET) Its objec- tive is to make the fuel cell acceptable to residential and commercial markets Fuel cells produce elec- tricity from hydrocarbon fuels such as kerosene, gasoline, propane, butane or natural gas. Unlike other systems which burn these materials, fuel cells combine chemically with hydrogen in the fuel and ox- ygen in the air The chemical reaction produces both heat and electricity without polluting byproducts. Water vapor and carbon dioxide are the major byproducts, making fuel cells more environmental- No Shortage of GAS RANGES Time to Change! featuring Superior's own Special ENTERPRISE RANGE model 72 SPECIAL.......... Model SPECIAL......... Time to Change Your Lifestyle... meet the Time Savers... ENTERPRISE RANGES AT... SUPERIOR PROPANE LTD. ly acceptable than other methods of producing electricity "It requires roughly one- third less fuel to provide a given amount of electricity to a site when compared to any other said Mr. Fisher Efficient "A fuel cell delivers electrical energy at an ef- ficiency usually greater than any other known hydocarbon fueled system, and with the lowest pollution index ever measured for power generation." Fuel cells installed in the basement of homes have the added attraction of re- quiring only one un- derground link for both electric service and nat- ural gas for cooking and drying clothes barrier to widespread introduction of fuel cells in the near future is their cost. "I don t see the fuel cell competing with conven- tional electric systems for some said Mr. Fisher TARGET'S nine-year, three-phase program is aimed at converting the fuel cell, used successfully in the Apollo moon mis- sions, to an effective home system. Research has concluded that it will be commercially acceptable in homes by the early 1980s The fuel cell has success- fully completed field tests throughout North America, including Alberta and Quebec The Alberta test was conducted in Calgary during 1972 when Canadian Western installed a fuel cell, designed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Division of United Aircraft corp., in a single-family house The system operated for hours between August and December and was viewed by people, said Mr Fisher "The fuel cell proved ca- pable of meeting the elec- trical needs of typical resi- dential service." Continued In early 1973, the unit was returned to Pratt and Whitney Tests are continu- ing towards reducing costs and improving system reliability. Fuel cells may have limited application in Alberta, when they become commercially available in the next two or three years, for providing heat and electricity to lumber camps, construction camps or isolated villages, said Mr Fisher. The energy shortage in the United States is caus- ing utilities there to turn to the fuel cell more quickly Seven large 'utilities already have ordered million worth of systems from Pratt and Whitney WHY FEED ANGUS? Proven to be efficient with less time in your feedlot Wins more carcass competitions than any other breed. High resistance to diseases COMING Rocky Monttii AIMS Linstock Show Oct. 30 ttm: ExWbWon Pavilion Sat, New. 2nd Calgary Agri-Marfcat Albert Ami Smr Sttr CHI SHo MOIL. 4ft UML PariBoi 1 3307 5th Ave. N. Phone 328-3336 ;