Solar plus hydrogen energy storage generates hydrogen and stores it for energy distribution and use at a later time. The combination of solar and energy storage, hydrogen energy storage in particular, offers many benefits. The three main benefits of solar plus hydrogen energy storage, environmental, financial and practical, are outlined below.
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What is solar plus hydrogen energy storage?
Solar plus hydrogen energy storage is a technology similar in concept to solar plus battery energy storage. Both systems utilize onsite solar power. Solar plus hydrogen energy storage uses solar power to run systems called electrolyzers that facilitate a chemical process called electrolysis. Electrolysis is a chemical process that produces hydrogen by splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. This process converts electricity into storable energy (in the form of hydrogen).
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Hydrogen energy storage offsets peak electricity demand charges by storing and supplying unused energy generated from solar power. Hydrogen can be stored in the form of hydrogen gas and compressed, in the form of liquified hydrogen or in the form of metal hydrides and involves minimal losses.
Benefits of solar plus hydrogen energy storage
The benefits of solar plus hydrogen energy storage, environmental, financial and practical are outlined below. These unique benefits make the combination of these two technologies ideal for certain applications such as electricity and heat & power generation.
There are many environmental benefits of solar plus hydrogen energy storage. Solar plus hydrogen energy storage creates and stores green hydrogen. Different types of hydrogen are classified using a color system based on their production method’s environmental impact. Green hydrogen is the cleanest form of hydrogen, with no negative environmental impact occurring during its production as its combustion only produces water.
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As with any renewable energy technology, solar plus hydrogen energy storage will increase your company’s sustainability and lower its carbon footprint. The addition of this technology will both benefit the environment and your company. Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability can attract likeminded individuals in the form of customers, employees or investors looking to fulfill ESG requirements.
Using hydrogen energy storage in combination with solar technology offers financial benefits as well. This combination will lessen your reliance on the local utility grid and offset peak demand charges by storing and distributing excess power during times of high demand. Both of these will help to lower your utility bill.
Practical benefits of solar plus hydrogen energy storage include its compatibility with output from solar photovoltaic cells due of electrolysis’ use of low-voltage DC current. Hydrogen can also adapt to many different applications as it can be transported through pipelines, tanks and hydride compounds and will work with adapted existing natural gas infrastructure. These benefits are unique to solar plus hydrogen energy storage technology.
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