Hydrogen is seen as a promising energy source of the future. Once all the current difficulties concerning clean production and storage have been overcome, that is. According to Prof. Dr. Enno Wagner, Professor of Mechatronic Design and Technical Mechanics at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS), hydrogen storage of the future is not only clean. It is also simple and decentralized.
From October 2020, the professor and his students want to collaborate on the development of a ‘smart tank for hydrogen.’ This should simplify hydrogen production. That way it could also be used in private homes. Hydrogen would be produced using electrolysis in a small-scale system that runs on renewable energy. For example, photovoltaic systems could be used. Plus, the system would be small enough to be installed in the cellar or garage. Such a system would make it possible for private households to produce and also store their own CO2-neutral energy.
First off, Wagner and his team want to build a prototype of the system. In the next step, they want to come up with a concrete use for the stored hydrogen. One possible usage would be an electrically operated cargo bicycle. This could be powered by hydrogen instead of a battery. Which in turn can be converted into electrical energy using a membrane fuel cell.
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