Michael Strizki’s Fantastic Solar Hydrogen Home

like stritzke and his family live in a modest home tucked into the woods and Hopewell New Jersey in late 2006 Mike officially disconnected his home from the electrical power grid and has been making history and his own electrical energy ever since Mike an energetic man has a passion to find a solution for our future energy needs all my power is derived from solar energy what you see on the roof here is 10 kilowatts worth of solar energy 56 panels during the summer months which is this time of year they produce a hundred and sixty percent more energy than I need well most regular solar systems would back feed that energy back into the grid I take the excess solar energy run it through a device called an electrolyzer which splits water into its base elements which is hydrogen and oxygen it takes the hydrogen and places it into my 10 1000 gallon propane tanks and it blows the oxygen off into the atmosphere what you see in front of you is 10 1000 gallon propane tanks but they're not filled with propane they're filled with hydrogen gas the energy that's stored in these tanks even though there's a very large field only consists of 56 gallons worth of propane equivalent or 40 gallons of gasoline so it's not a lot of energy but since I'm running this energy in conjunction with my solar system and my geothermal this is about three and a half months worth of storage for me okay the power comes down from the roof from the solar panels at 500 volts DC that DC current goes through these four inverters here where it's converted to 240 volts AC from here the energy goes into these two inverters here which pull energy from the batteries and provide power for the house so the two of them work together so when there's not enough solar it pulls off the batteries and this puts out 220 volts up to the house now once the batteries are full and we have excess electricity here it takes the power and runs it through the battery bank down into this device called an electrolyzer this electrolyzer takes tap water and runs it through a purification system you have here which is reverse osmosis and the ionization from here it is placed it runs through another filter inside of the electrolyzer and then into the fuel cell stack where electricity and water are placed and you have the hydrogen and oxygen separation so you're looking at the hydrogen going out to the tanks you saw outside at 200 pounds and the oxygen being blown off into the atmosphere where it's harmless and actually beneficial to the environment this is the hydrogen fuel cell this this fuel cell is a six kilowatt plug power fuel cell that's used in the telecom industry to power cell phones sites this is about three times bigger than I need for my house my house would actually need a two kilowatt fuel cell but this was the only ul certified fuel cell I could find at the time to put into my house where the Department of Community Affairs would approve the building permits for this fuel cell only runs during the winter months and it uses the steward hydrogen that you have in the tanks behind me to make electricity water and heat the heat is used to heat the garage the water from the fuel cell is used to go back and make more hydrogen during the summer months and the electricity is used to power my house well now that you've seen the energy system let me tell you a little bit about my house the house was built 15 years ago as an energy efficient home you're looking at a modular house that was built with super insulation r38 in the ceilings our 19 in the walls Andersen windows with low E glass coating state-of-the-art geothermal system and obviously all the lighting and appliances that make it energy-efficient home also plus a couple of the traditional luxury energy hog items such as a hot tub a big-screen TV and a swimming pool the geothermal heating air conditioning system in this house is extremely efficient if you were to pay to air-condition this house it would be $600 a year for heating air conditioning it would be about $100 in air conditioning and it'd be about five hundred to heat the house using this system conventional systems would be over three thousand dollars so this system here in my homes which has been installed for 15 years has already paid for itself going on the 8th time the way the system works is simple I have a mile of thick wall copper tube buried in the front yard I circulate the refrigerant r22 through that coil I extract the 56-degree ground temperature I run it through a compressor the compressor makes it cold runs it through the air handler and cools the house the heat that's picked up in the house during this cycle is not wasted it runs through a double wall heat exchanger here and it's put into my storage tank which heats my hot tub and my domestic hot water then it goes back to the field after I've extracted all the heat out of it so you're looking at a system that when the air-conditioning runs I get free hot water to boot this is the main electrical panel for the house all of the power that powers this home comes from the system you saw down in the garage be an underground cable I do have a grid connection here that I can turn on at the flip of a switch but there's no need to my solar hydrogen system has three fail-safes in it it has the solar it has the battery bank and it has the hydrogen fuel cell so the grid is the fourth backup and I have to have three failures in order to need the fourth the only reason I would come in here is for maintenance on the system to switch over to the grid or to sell power back if I've got too much excess energy as you can see I have all the amenities including the big-screen TV no home should be without one Mike has proven that it's possible to power your home from the Sun this project is a working prototype and was quite expensive to build with the grant from the public utility and donations from manufacturers it all came together his next project is to power a boat with an electric motor powered by a hydrogen fuel cell you

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