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Renewable Hydrogen Production, Compression, and Storage Autonomous System

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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Implementation of isolated energy production facilities could enhance Department of Defense DoD capability in forward-operating bases, ships, vehicles, and even permanent stations. This technology may also benefit the U.S. economy with a new renewable-energy storage alternative. This capability not only reduces dependence on fossil fuels but also reduces environmental impact as combustion products of hydrogen are much cleaner and minimizes CO2 byproducts. To make this hydrogen generation plant completely isolated with no additional power and operator involvement, there are few steps left in this ongoing Office of Naval Researchfunded project. A major problem facing renewable, sustainable energy sources is the storage issue with current limitations on batteries and supercapacitors. Compressed hydrogen gas presents a potential solution to this problem as hydrogen gas can be stored in tanks for future uses in fuel cells or even gas turbine generators. An entirely autonomous, isolated production and storage system is within grasp at the Naval Postgraduate School. The system in place now has the capability to generate and store compressed hydrogen gas produced through solar power with minimal operator interference.

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  • Energy Storage
  • Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing

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