Yesterday I talked about the NEL P-60 electrolyser unit for creating hydrogen via electrolysis of water. Today I have some new information regarding the NEL P-60.
I’ll be the first to admit that the P-60 isn’t as inexpensive as I had first assumed. Mr. Atle Taalesen, the Regional Sales Director / Nordic, Baltic & North America for NEL send me this email:
“Thank you for coming back to us regarding our new Electrolyser NEL P-60. To indicate rough budget price on this unit with all inclusive and a gas purity at 99.999 the budget price will be USD.950.000. Please do not hesitate to contact us or our USA agent Donna Rennemo for further information about this unit.”
One of the readers of this blog also had a similar experience. According to Kevin S., “With solar getting to be ridiculously cheap, I have been looking at what could be done with excess production in a home setting. I put in a 10kW PV system at my house in 2011, and I would pay 1/3 the cost now! So, I was thinking I could install more panels, and use the excess for hydrogen production via electrolysis. I have seen solutions like that from Proton that produce 1 to 2 kg/day that are at least in the tens of thousands, but the NEL P60 was quoted to me at $950,000! WHoa. I keep looking for that perfect home hydrogen generator solution where i can fuel a car, power my house, etc. It seems like we are close, but not quite there. This guy has rigged up his own solution http://energy.aol.com/2011/08/13/completely-off-the-grid/ which is what I would like to do. He seems a bit eccentric at times though as I researched him.
“I’ll keep searching, and I’ll keep reading what you write. Keep up the good work.”
The above link goes to an article about Mike Strizki. I interviewed Mr. Strizki in June 2006 as he had managed to go off-grid using solar panels, hydrogen and fuel cells.
With any luck hydrogen refueling manufacturers like NEL Hydrogen, ITM Power, Praxair, Air Products, Linde, Hydrogenics, RE Hydrogen, Honda Solar Hydrogen, Horizon Hydrofill, Proton OnSite and SunHydro will be able to bring their prices down significantly within the next few years to levels that are consumer-friendly.
If this were to happen, the building of the hydrogen infrastructure would be entering an era of great change and expansion and at that point we’d all be dancing to the song, “The Age of Aquarius.”