DOWNEY – The Southern California Gas Company and local authorities celebrated the start of assembly of its H2 Hydrogen home, a state-of-the-art clean energy project that is the first of its kind in the nation.
According to the gas company, the modular, prefab home will show how carbon-free gas made from renewable electricity can be used to power the clean energy systems of the future.
Featuring a nearly 2,000 square foot house, solar panels, a battery and an electrolyser to convert solar energy into hydrogen, and a fuel cell to provide electricity to the house , the H2 Hydrogen home will act as a miniature microgrid, demonstrating how such an energy system could be built on a larger scale to accommodate and power residential neighborhoods and businesses.
Maryam Brown, president of SoCalGas, said the Hydrogen house would “look like a regular house.”
“You interact with devices the same way you live your life now, and devices will be plug and play,” Brown said. “The only difference – and it’s a big difference – is that the hydrogen home will use reliable, clean energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
The house will be powered by solar panels on sunny days and will convert excess energy into clean hydrogen, which can be stored and converted back into electricity with an on-site hydrogen fuel cell when solar power or batteries cannot supply. enough energy.