The BOC Foundation for the Environment has awarded Hydrogen Solar funds to develop and demonstrate a system to produce carbon-free, sustainable hydrogen directly from sunlight and water using its Hydrogen Solar Tandem Cell.
The Tandem Cell is a self-contained single unit which directly splits water molecules into high-purity hydrogen and oxygen using the energy from sunlight. No external electricity is required. The process is renewable, produces no carbon dioxide or other emissions. By using a modular design, the array can be built to an infinite variety of sizes, making it suitable for a wide range of industrial and energy applications.
In the first phase of the project, Hydrogen Solar will design, build and install a 100 m2 array of Tandem Cells to generate high-purity hydrogen. The BOC Group will provide engineering safety expertise, compression units and engineering support during the installation.
The second phase will be to demonstrate the Tandem Cell array over a six month period at the Beacon Energy site at West Beacon Farm, Leicestershire. The system will provide hydrogen for fuel cell applications, to provide electricity for recharging electric vehicles, and for heat and power for various buildings.