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The Hydrogen House

The Hydrogen House is North America's first regulation-approved solar-hydrogen powered residence. The home was developed by Mike Strizki with a grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The solar hydrogen system was completed in 2006 and has since received international acclaim.

Located on an 11-acre plot of land in the rolling hills of Hopewell, New Jersey, the Hydrogen House operates by collecting solar energy from a 21-kilowatt array of solar panels mounted throughout Strizki's property. The energy from the 70 thin film and 80 polycrystalline panels passes through inverters where it is collected in a relatively small battery bank used to run a low-pressure electrolyzer.

The Hydrogen HouseThe electrolyzer splits water molecules into the base elements hydrogen and oxygen. Strizki's system stores the hydrogen in 11 reused low-pressure propane tanks, similar to those found at a typical gas station. The hydrogen can then be burned for cooking and heating similar to natural gas, and can be converted into electricity by way of a hydrogen fuel cell. The only emissions from the system are medical grade oxygen and chemically pure water!

Coupled with his home's geothermal heat system, Mike Strizki pays no energy bills and actually sells the excess electricity his system produces back to the grid at a staggering profit of between $7,000 to $20,000 per year!

What's more, he is able to fill the tank in his hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for free. No more cowering to the ups and downs of gasoline prices. More details