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DaveD, I am a huge backer of methanol fuel cells. The storage problems of hydrogen are ridonkulous. That being said, the problem with methanol is that they put out energy quickly enough yet. They are stuck in portable electronics now as "fuel cell batteries" because they put a reasonable amount of power for those applications only. You can scale DMFCs to a large unit for a house, but it might only put out 250W continuously. (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13512_3-9838436-23.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20) A small (by today's standards) vehicle's power load, even averaged between acceleration and coasting, is around 10KW. A DMFC car would have to be charging the batteries all the time, even when parked, and the numbers would still be very close. Maybe some day. As I said, I remain a DMFC fan.