Advances in Hydrogen Power

August 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Orange County, California is now the proud owner of the first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station.  The station will provide transportation fuel to the public as well as electric power to an industrial facility. It is located near the Orange County Sanitation District’s waste-water treatment plant.

Tri-Generation means that the station produces hydrogen, electricity, and heat. The hydrogen is sent to a fueling station, where it will power between 25-50 fuel cell cars per day. The electricity produced is sent to the waste water treatment plant. In return, the biogas produced by the treatment plant is used to power the fuel cells, creating a perfect example of reusing resources.

“By providing the added value of electricity and heat, this approach provides a significant step in overcoming economic challenges with hydrogen refueling infrastructure,” said Steve Chalk, the US Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy.

This amazing new technology is a huge step in harnessing the power of Hydrogen as an available renewable resource.  It also shows how versatile this power source can be and has paved the way for the spread of hydrogen power.

Read more about this on Green Bang or the U.S. Department of Energy.

Kayla Baake

EnAct Intern

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Entry filed under: energy, other, renewables.

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