Renewable Hydrogen for Remote Communities

We offer affordable, independent consulting services helping you to navigate renewable, zero emission “green hydrogen” technology.

PRODUCTION: Renewable Energy Systems (Solar, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal) | Batteries & Capacitors | Hydrogen Electrolyzers

STORAGE AND TRANSPORT: Hydrogen Storage | Hydrogen Transport | Refueling Solutions | Safety Education

APPLICATIONS: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) | Fuel Cells for Winter Combined Heat and Power (CHP) | Peak Shaving on Small Isolated Grids | Long Term & Seasonal Energy Storage

What is Renewable Hydrogen?

  • Hydrogen is the simplest element. It produces nothing but pure water vapor when burned, unlike carbon-containing fuels. It is therefore a completely zero emission fuel (if it is made renewably).
A simple diagram of water electrolysis including compression for storage. About 60 kWh of renewable electricity and 9 L of water is required to make 1 kg of hydrogen, which is energetically equivalent (when used in a fuel cell) to about 8 liters of gasoline.
  • Although hydrogen can be used in an internal combustion engine or for direct heat applications, the most efficient way to convert hydrogen to electrical energy is in a PEM fuel cell. A fuel cell is roughly twice as efficient as an internal combustion engine.
  • Fuel cells can be placed in electric vehicles (FCEVs) as a “Range Extender” (battery charger) to provide range capabilities like gasoline vehicles, and allow quick 5 minute refueling times, or they can be large stationary fuel cells designed to deliver combined heat and power (CHP) in winter as a replacement for backup diesel generators.

Other beneficial applications for hydrogen include:

  • blending up to 15% by vol. into existing natural gas networks without the need for modification (the exact % depends on the grade and quality of steel used in the pipes)
  • direct use in industrial and chemical processes (e.g. for “green” steel and ammonia production)
  • hydrogen gas turbines that provide extremely high power (and low weight and volume) compared to fuel cells, but at a lower fuel efficiency

For more information on hydrogen, please see our free Learn articles.

EXAMPLE DRAWINGS:

These are concept drawings of renewable hydrogen facilities and infrastructure. These are possible using today’s technology. We can help you with the design and sizing of these and other renewable hydrogen technologies as independent consultants.

We are not licensed engineers for approvals, but most equipment we recommend is CSA approved and does not require engineering approval to install according to manufacturers’ specs.

All drawings are licensed CC-BY-SA. Right click and “Open Image in New Tab” for larger images.

Our mission is to facilitate deployment of renewable hydrogen infrastructure in Canada’s North and Alaska through education and consultation.

Contact us for a free consultation to discuss renewable hydrogen options for your remote community, research base or industrial site.