I wrote a blog post about a week ago called Hydrogen Power Sneaking Up on the Public where I had talked about the H2 technology that was either in my geographic location or coming here soon. So then Stan Thompson (see his guest posts on Hydrail) suggested that I ask people where they lived and what hydrogen technology was around them. So, if you would like to leave your comment on this blog post about “H2 in your Hood” that would be good.
And since this last blog post I’ve learned that more hydrogen technology is coming to my “hood” which is the Inland Empire region of Southern California. A company called ClearEdge Power is installing a residential hydrogen fuel cell inside the city of Palm Springs.
Now, if you haven’t been to Palm Springs then you may not know about the plethora of wind turbines surrounding the desert oasis which creates clean energy for the businesses and homeowners. But, the wind doesn’t blow all the time.
So over 30 homeowners have now opted for the ClearEdge5 fuel cell that takes natural gas, reforms it into ultrapure hydrogen and then runs this through its fuel cell to create electricity. It cuts down on CO2 emissions by 37-percent. Now, tie this system to wind turbines or solar panels and this could be a zero emissions home power plant.
But, I haven’t even mentioned one of the coolest features about this system is that the first one installed in Palm Springs has been by Jackie Autry who used to own the Los Angeles Angels baseball team of Anaheim and is the widow of singer, actor and businessman Gene Autry.
Known as a cowboy singer, Gene Autry is famous for his Christmas songs and in particular “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. It’s good to see Jackie Autry getting “back in the saddle again” when it comes to living the life of clean, green energy and helping others to do the same.