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Power Failures Focus Interest On Gas Total Energy Systems By TOM STUCKEY (For Mar B. Skolton) Associated Press Writer DALLAS, Tex. (AP) — When great power failure spread the a black cloak over the Northeastern United States last November, New York's Rochdale Village was ablaze with light. The 20,000 residents of the apartment cooperative had electricity to operate their -toasters and toothbrushes and keep their mixers and blenders humming. The reason Rochdale Village escaped the blackout which enveloped its neighbors was that it'uses what is called a gas total energy system for all its power needs. This simply means that the cooperative manufactures its electricity through a self-contained generating unit which operates on natural gas. The gas total energy system has been In limited use for years In factories and office buildings, such as the Lone Star as Co. building in Dallas. But the gas industry has stepped up its research into ways of Improving the total energy system and has begun to promote Its use. gas industry. In its battle with the electric companies for a share of tha nation's energy business, the gas industry has been faced with the handicap that electricity can do some things natural gas just can't. In the small appliance field, for example, there are no gas- powered razors and mixers and floor polishers. Homes can bs all-electric but not all gas. But the total energy systems, a customer buys natural gas from a utility company and produces his own electricity. At present, the systems don't come in small enough packages for the Individual home, but tha ;as companies hope to borrow a space-age innovation to solva that. A great deal of research Is being done within the industry to perfect a fuel cell which uses natural gas for a home. A fuel cell system was used n the Gemini 5 space flight, and was a major source of trouble. But it was an oxygen heat- er and not the fuel cells which caused the problems. If they are successful, th« lomeowner of the future may

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  1. Corsicana Daily Sun,
  2. 01 Aug 1966, Mon,
  3. Page 12

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