Monday, 25 February 2013

News Shoot: Isle of Wight home to test 'domestic hydrogen, fuel cell partnership'

The Isle of Wight's EcoIsland project is testing out a tiny piece of the new hydrogen economy. It was announced last week that a house on the island will be trialling hydrogen cell technology hooked up to solar PV, hopefully showing how small-scale renewables can power homes even when the wind doesn't blow or the sun has set:

"The system integrates a 5 kW hydrogen PEM fuel cell system from Dantherm Power with an Acta EL500 electrolyser. This system is powered by renewable off-grid power, and when installed will generate hydrogen directly from the solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the house. The hydrogen will be stored in cylinders, and fed to the fuel cell when energy is needed – for example, to power the home's night-time energy requirements.." [More here]