Editor’s note: This recent hydrogen generator suggests another way to store wind generated power, other than batteries. Or, is this the egg that leads to the fuel cell chicken?
The patented H2 Energy Renaissance hydrogen generator, which is said to be inexpensive to manufacture, produces on-demand affordable hydrogen. The developer says this technology will reduce the costs of electricity and fuel transport at least by 50%.
How does it work?
The generator works on 150W to remove oxide film from Aluminum with an electro-hydraulic shock. Then, 16 physical and chemical processes efficiently break up water molecules. The generator needs tap water, aluminum, electricity (from a wind turbine, solar panel, or other source), and a basic chemical catalyst. The generator is completely safe.
A few economic benefits include:
- Generator produces hydrogen at an affordable 50¢ to $1/kg
- Placed on cars as source of fuel, it will cost $1 to drive 60 miles.
- Toyota Mirai goes 67 miles on 1 kilogram of hydrogen.
- If placed in a home to produce electricity, 1 kWh will cost 5 to 7¢.
- Californians pay about 20 ¢/kWh, in Europe and Japan, 1 kWh costs 20 to 30¢ .
A few plusses for hydrogen include:
- It turns to water when burned.
- Produces no greenhouse gases.
- AC Transit, the public transit in Bay Area, powers buses with H2. Officials state that it is safer than gasoline.
United Nations asserts that hydrogen will be the primary transport fuel of the next century.
How might the generator be used?
The generated hydrogen can connect to an engine, fuel cell, boiler, or a turbine to produce electricity, heat, or motion. These applications power 98% of the world’s energy use.
- The generator is a portable source of clean fuel.
- Use wherever fuel or electricity is needed.
- Use at home, on a farm, or at a factory for affordable clean electricity.
- Perfect for backup power.
The H2 Energy Renaissance hydrogen generator received an award grant in 2013 from the Galloway Nielsen Foundation.
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