GreenPower: Connecting the renewable energy to green mobility using Hydrogen as energy carrier under the Belenos Clean power Initiative
References about Green Power:
18 February 2010: Le Temps - J-A. Manson (in french)
Conferences :Smart Energy Day @ EPFL:
- Prof. Manson: Energy and Transportation: A time when all options are explored
What is GreenPower
Belenos Clean Power Ltd, created by Nicolas G. Hayek, with the participation of Group-e (electricity services),
, Deutsche Bank and other important players is one of the first integrated concepts for green mobility powered by sun energy; the energy carrier is chemical: hydrogen.
The basic concept, is the global decentralized production of hydrogen and oxygen coupled to renewable energy sources (solar cells to home based electrolyser to storage unit to fuel cell) by making fuel production at home possible and competitive. To achieve the commercial exploitation of the overall concept, considerably steps, both in science and engineering are needed. This project has a double role:
To address key underlying issues
* Adequate membranes for the fuel cells,
* Gas (H2/O2) storage means, using composite lining,
* Design, simulation and setting up a home unit controlling gas flows, from production to storage to usage, and communication system through
To play the role of federator between the new developments and the running specific developments, as for instance gas sensors, already addressed in ad-hoc CTI project
The federating line of the project is the overall Belenos concept and the strong industrial willing and Swiss academic excellence to create value for the society, the environment and the economy.
This concept will be developed for optimal use of hydrogen. A substantial synergy of all developments needed is created within the Belenos Clean Power Holding.
The intelligence of the system for this overall hydrogen chain will be developed within the Home Control Unit based on the high-tech electronics and software development experience accumulated in Switzerland within the past decade. The main functions of this unit are the control of the local electric system, the hydrogen system, and the communication between the various components to enable optimized hydrogen production and storage.
Safety related to hydrogen storage in a car or at home is a key topic. New microscopic composite materials will be developed to guarantee a high pressure gas storage system.
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