Renewable Energy-Powered Hydrogen Generation and Storage from Ambient Moisture
[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This research combines the proven Electrochemical Hydrogen Production and Storage System with a renewable energy source for safe and reliable utilization in Department of Defense and Navy applications. Photovoltaic cells provide the most robust and cost effective renewable energy combined with minimal complexity and weight compared to other available renewable energy sources. Previous research has proven solar panels are capable of consistently achieving the desired energy output levels for hydrogen generation. The critical component of this research is the design and installation of a coupled control system and graphics display to effectively distribute energy from the solar panels to the different components of the generation system while monitoring system status and regulating production autonomously. Once all components function as desired independently, they are combined and assessed to confirm operational viability and a final configuration to maximize practical utilization is investigated. The final product is the fully autonomous coupled system utilizing the implemented controller as well as a capabilities study and a proof of concept report.
- Electrochemical Energy Storage
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion