To meet the hydrogen needs of the future, an efficient and economically viable source of hydrogen must be developed. While large scale production through reformation and electrolysis is a viable option, until the necessary distribution infrastructure is in place, this method of production will be limited in its ability to meet the anticipated demand during the transition to a hydrogen economy.
MSRI is developing a novel approach to co-generate hydrogen and electricity directly from natural gas or renewable energy resources. The hydrogen that is produced is extremely pure and ideal for use in distributed refueling stations for hydrogen powered vehicles or residential applications.
MSRI is developing a 5 kW hydrogen generation system which will produce 5 kilograms of hydrogen per day. The cost of hydrogen production is expected to meet the Department of Energy’s target of $3/gge (gasoline gallon equivalent).