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.