Electrolyzers, Natural Gas And Grid Balancing Are The Keys
There's a problem that need solving when it comes to renewable energy. Where do you put it when it's not needed? Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, has what he says is the best answer: you turn it into hydrogen.
ITM Power's managed to use electrolysis to boost hydrogen production efficiently enough to bring the refueling cost-per-mile cost of hydrogen down to about half of diesel fuel's refueling costs per mile. Yes, diesel in the UK, where ITM is based, is rather expensive (about $8 a gallon), but the company's gains remain impressive.
Roush Technologies has been working on flexible fuel vehicles for the last few years. Unlike most manufacturers, which seem to be focusing on using either ethanol or gasoline in their flex-fuel vehicles, Roush Technologies has been integrating compressed hydrogen power into normal internal combustion engines. The latest example to come from the company is based on a Ford Transit van and is being shown at the Cenex-hosted UK National Low Carbon Vehicle event at Millbrook Proving Ground. The Trans
We've written about ITM Power and their plans to build a home hydrogen generating station several times before. The British company now has a prototype unit running in a Sheffield along with a Ford Focus that has been converted to run on hydrogen. The hydrogen generator includes an electrolyzer to produce H2 from water, and the hydrogen in the demonstration house is being used as a vehicle fuel, as well as for heating, cooling and other functions. Powering the generator is possible through the u
Britain's ITM Power is working with Roush Technologies to try and get hydrogen-fueled commercial vehicles on the road in the UK. Roush will expand their existing work on hydrogen fueling conversions for internal combustion engines to the UK market. The focus of the efforts, initially, will be on commercial vehicles. Roush also plans to develop new dedicated hydrogen-fueled engines. Meanwhile, if anyone plans to convert their vehicles to run on hydrogen, that's were ITM Power PLC comes in. ITM de
Remember the home electrolyser "breakthrough" that ITM Power was all extcited about a few months ago? Well, it's back, and ITM is now describing how the rest of the home will operate with the system. The basic idea is that the electrolyser will make hydrogen using "increasingly available from wind, wave, solar or hydro-electric power" (or, of course, normally-produced electricity) and water. The hydrogen could then be used in heating boilers, cooking stoves/ovens as well as a bi-fuel vehicle, or
The University of Hertfordshire will soon open the Sustainable Energy Tehnologies Centre (SETCE), and the goal is to build the world's "greenest" cars. The University has entered into a Knowledge Transfer Project with ITM Power to develop the use of elecrolytic hydrogen in internal combustion engines. A future goal includes developing methods to refuel hydrogen at home or work. Researchers will also test hydrogen in the diesel combustion process. The center will be located on the university's Co