The First Ever Solar Hydrogen House

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A civil engineer, Mike Strizki, lives in and constructed the first ever solar hydrogen house that runs completely from “homemade energy”. By using solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells, storage tanks and an electrolyzer, he’s able to convert electricity generated from renewable sources into hydrogen.

Sunny days produce more than enough electricity to power his house so the excess is then used to power the electrolyzer to transform a tank of water into the base elements: oxygen and hydrogen. This amazing setup provides year around power to his home, yielding an utility bill of zero.

The oxygen is released into the atmosphere while the hydrogen is stored in ten 1,000 gallon propane tanks on his property. When the solar panels collect less energy during the winter months, the hydrogen is piped to an air conditioner size fuel cell located outside his garage to create the electricity.

Total cost was $500,000 to produce the system and half of the cost was paid by a grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Very pricey to fuel his 3,500 square foot home.

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28 Responses to “The First Ever Solar Hydrogen House”

  1. I can understand why you might not consider the hydrogen house in Malaysia as a candidate for the first solar hydrogen house in the world since it was built by a university, but I bet Bryan Beaulieu is pretty miffed that his house isn’t considered the first, since he did this two years ago.

  2. That’ll be good when it fucking EXPLODES

  3. This is a good technology, however two points to note:

    1. This technology would have to brought under the range of common man.

    2. It would be good if this could be provided for cheap in third world nations to see a positive impact on global environment.

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  4. This is a good technology. It would be good if it could be provided on cheap rates in the third world nations in order to see an positive impact on global environment.

  5. I applaud you Mr. Strizki! Now gently extend your middle finger and point it towards the electric and gas companies, and then do the same for the terrorists… err, I mean “Oil Sheiks” in the Middle East!

  6. @tips

    “It would be good if it could be provided on cheap rates in the third world nations in order to see an positive impact on global environment.”

    For substantial benefit, the emphasis should be on FIRST world nations, not third, because that is where our emissions and environmental woes overwhelmingly originate.

  7. Let’s see, $500,000 to get rid of a $200/mo electrical bill. His pay back is only 200 years. Ok, that is really practical.

  8. Hydrogen when in a fuel cell will not explode the gas when stored inside the fuel cell is inert.

  9. Where are the electrochromatic windows? =-)

  10. Sorry guys but you’re decades out. Rojer Billings had a green hydrogen house up and running in the 1970’s. It is a shame that folks don’t realise that Hydrogen has been a practical alternative for years and every-one is trying to reinvent it with ever greater complexity and cost. London Bridge was lit with coal gas (main ingredient Hydrogen) in 1798. Yes viable transport and storage has been around that long…why are we still waiting.

    The Thylacine

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