Of hydrogen thanks to solar energy

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Researchers at the Cell Innovation NRC Institute fuels Vancouver presents, early December, a system for producing hydrogen powered with solar energy.

The system uses electricity supplied by photovoltaic panels to power an electrolysis HyLYZER module (TM) Hydrogenics, which produces hydrogen from water. Eventually this hydrogen will be used to power a fuel cell module has Ballard Nexa RM, which will serve as auxiliary power for research facilities NRC-IFCI. The solar panels were designed and installed by researchers from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

They can provide up to 7 kW sunny day, knowing that the storage of energy in the form of hydrogen will manage a supply continues, in spite of meteorological fluctuations. The research team applied in photovoltaic energy BCIT provides all aspects of the development of photovoltaic systems, from design and testing of the various components until the installation and implementation of large photovoltaic systems. This "clean" technology itself will prevent the gas Emission of greenhouse gases, which is impossible in the context of a production of hydrogen from petroleum or natural gas.

This project comes from the Federal initiative "Preaching by example,"-planned by the Government of Canada to reduce the gas emissions greenhouse in its own activities. Maja Veljkovic, Director General of NRC-IFCI hope this innovation will encourage customers, investors and researchers to use clean technology for their next generation products.

- Erica Branda, Cell Innovation NRC Institute for Fuel - tel: + 1
(604) 221 3099,
- Pierre Naud, Media Relations, NRC - tel: + 1 (613) 990 6091,
Cell. : + 1 (613) 293 6617 -
- Melody Gaukel, Ketchum (on behalf of Hydrogenics) - tel: + 1 (416) 544
4906 -
- Michael Becker, BCIT, Press Service - tel: + 1 (604) 432 8773 -
sources: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Editor: Elodie Pinot, OTTAWA, sciefran@ambafrance-ca.org


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