From an emissions standpoint, hydrogen is one of the cleanest fuels available. Unfortunately, our most abundant source is water, and with current technology, breaking those two H atoms away from that one O atom (electrolysis) uses more energy that it creates.
But water isn't the only hydrogen source. A Virginia company, H2Gen, makes a hydrogen-extraction device that basically (very basically) sucks the hydrogen right out of nature (see the graph for a somewhat more detailed explanation). An Orlando Chevron station has acquired one of their units and is currently testing the viability of using it for producing hydrogen right at the point of purchase. If the test works out, one more stumbling block, transportation of hydrogen, would be removed.

H2Gen claims the process is as much as six times more efficient than conventional electrolysis.

Now let's hope automakers' hydrogen programs, like BMW's test of its Hydrogen 7, work out. Then stand back and watch gasoline-powered cars go the way of the dinosaurs.

More details can be found in the press release after the jump.

[Source: H2Daily via EvWorld]

PRESS RELEASE:

APPLICATIONS
Fueling Stations

Hydrogen Fueling Stations
HGM's are ideal hydrogen sources for vehicle refueling stations. Their exceptionally-high fuel efficiency results in the lowest release of climate change gases from any hydrogen generator reliant on a hydrocarbon source. They are also the least expensive on-site system on the market today on an cost per output basis.

One HGM will produce 113 kg. of hydrogen a day, sufficient to fuel approximately 20 cars per day, or 3 buses. The unit is therefore an ideal size for fleet demonstration projects.

HGM's offer the following advantages for refueling station installations:

* Compliant with major North American and international codes and standards
* Easily integrated with other fuelling station components
* Unattended, automatic operation
* Sufficient PLC capability to serve as the station master controller, while providing remote data monitoring functions
* Ability to function as the station master controller, while providing remote data monitoring functions
* Ability to operate under the control of a station master controller communicating via OPC or via Profibus
* Smallest footprint available
* HGM's create no flammability hazard at grade, simplifying siting
* HGM's can be configured for Class 1, Division 2 or Zone 2 installations at space-constrained sites

H2Gen staff are very familiar with high pressure hydrogen handling, and integration with ground storage. Our engineering services can help you achieve special project objectives with ease.


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