Solar powered hydrogen production
by SSPENCE on MAY 4, 2007 - 3 Comments in energy

PV to Hydrogen
PV to Hydrogen

Apart from saving resources, using solar energy instead of power from portable generators like diesel generators. Yamaha generators or Honda generators, for everyday power needs could shield the West from the negative effects of dramatic shifts in the supply and price of energy.
But the sun does not always shine. You need backup power for your home — a way to store solar energy for times when the sun is not shining. Hydrogen provides a safe, clean , efficient way to do this.
Here’s how the solar hydrogen cycle works: Electricity from photovoltaic panels is used to power an electrolyzer, a device which splits water (H20) into its elemental parts, hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2). The oxygen is released into the air and the hydrogen is pumped into storage tanks, where it can be kept on site or transported to regions that need energy.

At night or in bad weather, when solar energy is not available, the hydrogen is recombined with oxygen from the air in a fuel cell, which directly converts the chemical energy in hydrogen into electricity. The only byproduct of this process is pure water.

Electricity from fuel cells can be used in the same ways as power from a utility company, like Honda generator, Yamaha generator or other type of portable generator or diesel generator: to run appliances and light bulbs, motors, and to power cars. Solar hydrogen allows us to use the power from the sun twenty-four hours a day, and provides us with an abundant, clean, efficient, locally produced source of energy.

Additional Info:

Hydrogen Experiments

Report on the Commercial Electrolytic Production of Hydrogen

The hydro boost device you can build yourself

The Solar Hydrogen Cycle

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3 comments

1 ian varvaro { 02.04.09 at 2:11 pm }

How much hydrogen is created by a single solar panel?

2 duh { 05.12.10 at 3:08 am }

Why the signifigance of “Yamaha” and “Honda”? Why not be neutral “Gasoline” or Diesel” generator?
Shield the “West”? Why cant you write about the actual benefit of competing against the current controlling dependancy on big oil?
most of the reason good practical physics applications falter is because of self serving focus such as you have indicated.

3 Ak { 11.12.10 at 8:16 am }

I have wanted to do this for some time now, not to just power my home but to power a fuel cell car as well. Where in the blazes do you find a home hydrogen generator that will store hydrogen under pressure, and that will not force you to sell your house to buy it?

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