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Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies of Singapore

Sustainable community/home micro-power grid model -prototype(2008)

Yr 2014:

Community / home micro-power grids & solar fuels for transport: Is a 2013/14 initiative highlighting how imperative education must embrace what will be available over the next 3-7 years in the world around us. The prototype above highlights a home micro-power grid, which needs the currently available compact electrolyser from Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, and low pressure hydrogen storage metal hydride canisters.

It is the solar electric panels which are becoming cheap and will further decrease in price to year 2020, along with significant efficiency improvement due to new materials being discovered. With panels becoming 30%-60% efficient and being quite affordable, our average rooftop collecting capacity will rise sharply. By year 2020 our electricity grid suppliers may approach a "tipping point" of redundancy, as more and more micro-power-grids get established. Surplus electricity becomes an issue as micro-power grid owners seek to store the surplus solar energy as a simple solar fuel. Here we see a real sustainable equation being developed in light of "federal bastardry", by where renewable energy will become the norm for home/community micro-power-grids, and the significant surplus for solar fuel storage can be stored in the form of simple hydrogen for transportation purposes.

Toyota, Honda and Hyundai will commercially launch their own hydrogen fuel cell electric cars in year 2015, each capable of ~500kls per tank of hydrogen, and can be refueled in 3-5 minutes; other car makers will follow in years 2017 and 2020.

In 2003/4 I wrote The "Smart House" report for NSW State Minister Diane Beamer-DEUS, and it warned of power and water issues coming to NSW. I soon received a commendation from NSW State Minister Frank Sartor for a solar power initiative in Blacktown NSW before Blacktown became a "SolarCity". De-centralizing power generation was a main theme very early on.

Fuel cell technologies more generally have continued to expand over the last 3-5 years in the areas of stationary power supply, forklift, shipping , rail , portable and educational.

The 3 Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative was created by the Australian federal government.



1 The National Solar School Initiative is a federal initiative that has been operating since July 2008, with ~1400 Australian schools already participating. Please have your school join this program ASAP. 



2 The Schools Energy Efficiency Program - (NSW) was introduced in December 2007, and is available to all state high schools in NSW (225). Twenty million dollars (A$20m) has been allocated to the program with 25% of that sum allocated (A$5m) for energy efficiency projects. The NSW DET will be managing the distribution of funding (A$5m) as relating to the energy efficiency projects for participating NSW state high schools. Other states and territories in Australia may have similar energy programs .



The above represents a clear and progressive desire by governments to have environmental education move from the awareness stage to the curriculum stage. The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative’s website as above, has excellent teaching material and guidance for environmental education with proven cross-curricular content.


The National Hydrogen Institute of Australia (NHIA) has synergy with the energy curriculum content of environmental education, in particular energy efficient technologies that reduce emissions. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are of course highly efficient technologies that emit low to zero amounts of air pollution when generating high-grade electricity.

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Teaching students energy efficiency and “smart” energy practices to help reduce emissions will carry forward with students when they make their future life style choices. Students need to know that whilst such sustainable energy practices as above are essential, they do have their limits. The future life style choices of students must as well be influenced by new and available technologies that are highly efficient and produce minute to zero amounts of pollution when generating high-grade electricity.  Global warming and climate change issues are compounded by the ongoing world oil crisis, and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer significant hope to reduce future emissions rapidly.


By example The Schools Energy Efficiency Program - (NSW) with the A$5m in funding available (via DET), allows for participating NSW state high schools to create their own energy efficiency projects, and in particular projects involving hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.


The NHIA offers to work with Australian schools that join programs "1" and or "3"  and wish to develop their own energy efficient projects (whether or not involving H2 & fuel cells), renewable energy and water systems; The NHIA works with Solar Hydrogen Research Pty Ltd.