Friday, September 17, 2010

Hydrogen fuel cell

Hydrogen fuel cellsSo yesterday was my chance to visit the Southampton Boat Show.

My main interest was to start looking into the various options for Radar on board Lady Jane.

I know it's a while before I really need it, but I figure if I start research now, by the time I actually buy we will be in good shape to travel anyway.

The one thing that caught my attention was an operating display of a hydrogen fuel cell generator by Toomer and Hayter who, curiously, promote themselves as quality marine upholsterers.

I've seen and heard snippets of hydrogen fuel cells, but have never actually seen one in the flesh.

I must say, the idea of a generator which has water and heat as it's only emissions, coupled with the fact that it's virtually silent, is certainly very interesting to me.

Looking on the BOC website, they say that this technology is scalable, so presumably any amount of power can be produced with sufficient supplies of hydrogen.

So couple the concept of a hydrogen fuel cell generator with a hydrogen generator on board.

This idea sounds expensive, but an interesting and very eco friendly possibility - effectively free power from water!

10 comments:

  1. Hi Tim check out Stan Meyer on google, first man to run a car on water only now (deseased but the details are out there)

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  2. Not sure if you've ever heard of the show Deadliest Catch, but I heard about those guys doing a green retrofit recently.
    This company (sealand environmental) has more mundane products like "green" anti fouling paint and hydro fluid, but the thing that really caught my eye was their hydrogen generator. They say its supposed help achieve a more complete combustion which lowers emissions and increases power.
    I'm not sure how legitimate all of this is but its interesting idea nonetheless.
    the details:
    http://greensourceanalytics.com/images/time-bandit-analytic.pdf

    the actual website is sealandenvironmental.com

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  3. Anonymous2:46 PM

    Why would you want to use electricity to generate hydrogen which you then turn back into electricity again?

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  4. Hi anonymous

    The point is, exactly like a battery, you make hydrogen with the excess power from the wind generator and use it when the wind is not blowing.

    Regards

    Tim

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  5. Im surprised that the guys on time Bandit haven`t thought about a sonic, anti foul answer? it`s a steel boat and so a great transmitter, and it workds for many in cleaning tank technology! might work? if you kill the weed there is nothing for the barnacles to eat ie no food etc so the first in line in the food chain has gone. also the kHtz is varied automatically to accomodate a broad spectrum of marine growth, worth knowing that if you hang your muddy wellies close to the hull they might get cleaned too! Oh the generatoe wasnt on the T&H stand on Saturday unless it was discuised as a roll of material of a light fitting? :o((

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  6. Anonymous4:18 PM

    OK - is it more efficient than a battery bank then? I see the point of hydrogen for a quick *transfer* of energy (eg fill up your hydrogen car in 30 seconds rather than charging your electric car overnight) and possibly for lighter weight of storage, but neither of these are relevant for evening out generation fluctuation on a big steel boat.

    Sounds like a case of "cool" rather than "useful" in this situation :-)

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  7. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Dear Mr. Tim Zin, thank you for write my web site.

    Marco.
    www.cinel-gas.com

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  8. Hi Rob

    Sorry for the delay in responding, but I've been away.

    Maybe the show organisers had second thoughts about H2 getting loose in a big tent? Hint - Hindenburg.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  9. Hi Anonymous

    Cool vs must have is probably about right.

    Further research reveals this stuff is very, very, expensive at present.

    The idea of a totally silent, except for the cooling fan, generator is appealing though.

    Regards

    Tim

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  10. Hi Marco

    No problem. This technology really interests me.

    Regards

    Tim

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