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Small Home Hydrogen Production Near Commercialization

A UK firm called RE Hydrogen has invented a hydrogen compressor that is 30-percent the cost of others on the market. This means that not only can the compressors be smaller but the complimentary electrolyzers can be smaller and less costly as well.

According to The Engineer, “Small-scale hydrogen production is a potential way to capture and store energy from renewable sources and provide fuel for hydrogen-powered vehicles in place of large-scale infrastructure, as well as for industrial usage.

“RE Hydrogen has already developed an electrolyser that operates at up to 5KW at atmospheric pressure and is more than 90 per cent cheaper than most conventional models. Its latest compressor is designed to increase pressure from 1 to 350 bar in a single step.

“Most conventional devices would either require around five stages of compression with cooling in between to get up to the levels needed for storage or need the hydrogen to be produced at a higher pressure increasing the cost of the electrolyser.”

If low cost home hydrogen fueling stations can be developed this will significantly decrease the need for a nationwide buildup of larger hydrogen fueling stations across the highways of the nation. As EV and PHEV advocates say, most drivers on a daily basis travel less than 30 – 40 miles including to their jobs.

Home hydrogen refueling would offer the same advantages plus quicker refueling times. The compressor created by RE Hydrogen also has implications for larger hydrogen fueling stations as well since with this new, less expensive technology, more companies will be taking smaller risks in buying the equipment (especially fleet owners at first) and it will take less time to recoup their initial investments.

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6 comments

  1. cool things are ramping up with a 10 year frame work, well get there , that is the need to replace as much fossil and polution technologies to drive down up wards trends if we try,, 44 shift % will level of our production of such and drive down wards,, but this is all cars and trucks, changing,and infrastructure to for such and power,= 44% = al cars, and transport. cleaning our muck, up what ever becomes green becomes ecology leveling,,,playing field.

  2. it s going in the right direction ,i hope it happens before i die

  3. I am hoping that someone, soon, would market an inexpensive,or at least reasonable, hydrogen production/storage/distribution system for the homeowner, that would utilize the wasted power from solar and wind power generation.
    This unit to provide the power for the home and vehicle.
    It would be good to have a program that could
    gradually evolve into a whole system.
    I would love to be able to turn away from propane, gasoline, and the power company and have them in reserve.
    I live in the northern California Sierra, in the woods, and all power sources are expensive and fragile.

  4. I believe I am developing an on the fly hydrogen generation system ( O.T.F. ) that is near being finish. Productiuon upon demand requires no gas compression storage tanks, fear of impact eruption, expense licensing cost and excessive regulations. On the fly production leaves petroleums for all the other uses, thge oil companies will be without nothing and the earth far cleaner and better off.

  5. Buddhi Raj Sharna

    I am enamored by the latest developments around the world. I am dreaming of utilising such cleaner technologies in Bhutan.

  6. I have a cheap system i will publish under my companies name in South Africa. I use a 12v batteries shunting a charge cycle between power supply and source to a gas splitter fuel cell and then i store the H2 inside tractor inner tubes inside a body of water. The deivery gas line is also embodied in water and the final deivery to LPG gas equipment with altered hydrogen burners to cook, heat water and run gas lights as well as lava rock fire places.
    eddie de beer

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