eHydrogen Solutions, Inc. has created its H2-Reactor hydrogen on demand system that uses only water and metal alloys. The H2-Reactor system uses aluminum or magnesium alloys plus water to create hydrogen fuel for cars or for stationary fuel cells for residential or industrial applications.
I’ve talked about eHydrogen Solutions once before when they developed their H-Solaris generator that uses the sun’s light to split water into hydrogen fuel cost effectively. Now, eHydrogen has found another cost effective method of creating H2 without sunlight.
The positive aspect of this process is that no outside energy is needed. Water comes in contact with the metal alloys and creates hydrogen and oxygen. During this process some oxidation of the alloys occurs.
Over time, the metal alloys have to be recycled and this can be done in a cost effective manner. According to eHydrogen, “By recycling aluminum oxide back to aluminum, the cost of producing energy both as hydrogen and heat will continually to decrease, and is expected to be well below 10 cents per kilowatt hour.”
Even though eHydrogen is mainly focused in the residential and industrial applications of this technology right now, this would also be a potential solution for creating hydrogen on demand at the pump and for home hydrogen fueling stations as well. The details of who would recycle, pickup and deliver the metal alloys would have to be worked out, but this is true of most new businesses selling tangible goods, especially recycled products.