Everything News Jobs Opportunities Events Products/Services
Go to Home
Sign Up Sign in

The Low Carbon Economy Ltd

04 Nov 2008 05:11:43

Home gets hydrogen fuel cell

Home gets hydrogen fuel cell
A hydrogen fuel cell is being trialled in a West Midlands home to discover whether hydrogen could replace fossil fuels as an energy source.

In a shed in the garden of the house, the University of Birmingham has installed a hydrogen fuel cell and a reformer which converts the natural gas piped through existing infrastructure into hydrogen.

To generate power, the hydrogen is combined with oxygen to form water while creating electricity and heat.

The device, which will generate 1.5 kilowatts of electricity and three kilowatts of heat, is to power the newly-built home's electricity, water and central heating.

Scientists at the University of Birmingham will monitor the equipment remotely to track its efficiency, performance, operation and durability.

Richard Baines, director of sustainable development at Black Country Housing Group, said: "Hydrogen fuel cells are leading the way when it comes green energy and it's our belief in this technology that has driven us to install the fuel cell.

"Minimising impact on the environment is everyone's responsibility, but as a social housing landlord we are able to make a real difference to the technology used in homes."

And professor Kevin Kendal of the University of Birmingham predicted that all homes would "ultimately" have similar units.

According to estimates from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, homes are the highest end producer of carbon dioxide emissions in 28 per cent of local authorities.



Discussion Thread  


The Low Carbon Economy Ltd Community

Related Items From Everyone

  1. 2015 Global Aluminum-Air Battery Industry Report is a professional and in-depth research report...

    02 Nov 2015
  2. Sustainable packaging made from plants is set to play a major role at the London Olympics but it...

    29 Jun 2012
  3. The UK transport secretary has claimed that there is no need to make huge sacrifices within the...

    21 Aug 2009
  4. Making the Code simple, affordable and repeatable Week 26 - Rainwater harvesting tank is...

    02 Apr 2009
  5. Esurance needed to find a way to reduce travel while maintaining face to face business contact

Go To Home

Resource Links

We're social: View Available Feeds Find out more! Leave us your feedback


We appreciate all feedback. Please leave as much or as little as you like about any aspect of this website.

If your message requires a response, please leave your email address.