A New Jersey civil engineer powers his home with solar panels and hydrogen tanks. Could this sort of thing work for mainstream homeowners?
Mike Strizki is a civil engineer who lives in the nation’s first solar-hydrogen house. He pays nothing for monthly utilities bills at all, because the technology he’s managed to put together – solar panels, a hydrogen fuel cell, storage tanks, and a piece of equipment called an electrolyzer – provides year round power to his home, even on the cloudiest of days. Strizki lives “off the grid” and his system creates no greenhouse gas emissions. He also has a fuel cell car which runs off the hydrogen his system creates.
It sounds promising, even utopian: homemade, storable energy that doesn’t contribute to global warming. But does Strizki’s method – converting electricity generated from renewable sources into hydrogen – make sense for widespread adoption? According to some renewable-energy experts, the answer is “no,” at least not anytime soon. The system is too expensive, they say, and the process of creating hydrogen from clean sources is itself laced with inefficiency – the numbers just don’t add up.
Strizki’s response: “Nothing is as wildly expensive as destroying the whole planet.”
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