A remarkable self-sustained machine with capability to harvest natural energy from sunlight, water and hydrogen. ZEEP24 is an invention by FC-R&D and the machine will harvest solar energy during day time, and use the power to produce hydrogen by electrolyzing the water. Once the hydrogen is stored, it is used to generate electricity in fuel cells.
â€œIn Japanese homes during the day, usually, not much electricity is used, as both parents are working and the children are at school. So with solar power, thereâ€™s often excess capacity during the day. With this system, the excess capacity isnâ€™t sold; instead, itâ€™s used to produce stored hydrogen, another energy source, through electrolysis. Hydrogen is used because it has high energy density, so it takes up a tenth of the space of an ordinary storage battery.â€
ZEEP 24 utilizes a hydrogen storage alloy, in order to absorb hydrogen. The good thing about this ZEEP 24 system is, when not being used, it will not discharge naturally, in short, ZEEP 24 does not consume unnecessary power when in idle mode.
Moreover, there is no carbon generated using the ZEEP 24 system, there will be no carbon-induced deterioration as with those ordinary batteries.
â€œWith 500 cc of water, you can produce 500 liters of hydrogen. With 500 liters of hydrogen, you can theoretically generate 1,500 Wh of electricity. So you could produce 100 W for 15 hours, say. ZEEP24 can store 1,500 liters of hydrogen, so it can generate about 5,000 Wh, which is enough to meet the night-time requirements of one household.â€
The idea is to provide ZEEP 24 system for those areas without any electricity supply, or remote places where electricity supply is not working or terminated due to natural disaster such as earthquake, typhoon or post-tsunami area, acting as an emergency power supply where electricity is needed for 2 or 3 days supply.
ZEEP 24 offers compact dimension compare to ordinary power supplies, and guess there will be various customers benefit from the ZEEP 24 system in wider range of applications.
Latest update indicates that FC-R&D is running applications that will allow user to attach the hydrogen storage container directly onto a hydrogen powered car.