Solar Hydrogen - Results Factsheet

The viability of sustainable production of hydrogen gas (H2) by electrolysis powered by solar energy has been demonstrated. Water was successfully converted into hydrogen gas – for cooking purposes – using a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) and solar energy. Gas was stored in 22.4 litre propane cylinders which were retrofitted to ensure safety. Stoves and cylinder fittings were modified to ensure efficient and safe usage of the gas. The two major hurdles, enabling the hydrogen flame to be visible with a colour and detectable by smell (odorised), were solved in laboratory trials. In field trials at three households and UTech, the modified stoves and cylinders were used to prepare complete meals. Trial participants were fully satisfied with their usage. The results have been communicated to the general public through workshops, conferences and publications. The Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining of Jamaica are currently reviewing the results for policy adaptation and standardisation for local application.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Project: 
The application of solar-powered Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolysers for the sustainable production of hydrogen gas as fuel for domestic cooking
Conference: 
Location: 
Jamaica
Sector: 
Renewable and sustainable energy