Please note: Nanoptek has replaced the SHG300™ with an improved Hybrid Solar Hydrogen Generator. Serious inquiries will receive a detailed slide presentation upon request. The installation examples below and in the graphic are significantly smaller with the new product.

Nanoptek’s Solar Hydrogen Generators (SHGs) address carbon-reduced,
carbon-neutral, and zero-carbon transportation in three ways:

Hydrogen Fuel

In all-solar mode, a 50 ft. by 50 ft. installation of our SHG300s will provide enough hydrogen for a family with two fuel cell cars or one hydrogen-burning internal combustion engine (ICE or H2ICE).  And if run in hybrid mode 24/7, an installation 5 meters by 10 meters would provide the same.  While Honda, General Motors, and other car manufacturers are either developing or already leasing hydrogen fuel cell cars, others such as Ford and BMW are developing cars with hydrogen ICEs.  The major problem in commercialization remains the lack of a hydrogen infrastructure.  Nanoptek’s Solar Hydrogen Generators are best suited for ultra-distribtion for residential to neighborhood-sized refilling, but can also be competitive in larger scaled projects, or for truck and bus fleets.

Liquid Fuels from Syn-Gas

Hydrogen produced with our SHG300s can be combined with carbon monoxide (CO) gas, derived from carbon dioxide, to form the syngas  precursor that the F-T process converts into liquid fuel replacements for gasoline and diesel. Because our hydrogen is already produced either without carbon byproduct when renewables provide the small overvoltage, or 66% less carbon if supplied by fossil-fueled grid power, the cycle is carbon-neutral or nearly so as long as the conversion to CO is also accomplished with sunlight, and there are companies working on this part of the cycle today. The resulting fuels require no infrastructure changes; cars, pipelines, and filling stations remain the same.

Electric Cars: Distributed Electricity Storage

Just as our SHG300s can be used for peak-shaving and matching the output of renewables to grid demand, they will also play an important role in matching grid supply to recharging habits of electric car owners. When these vehicles become more commonplace, the strain that collective recharging will place on the grid will need to be carefully managed, and we believe our Solar Hydrogen Generators will be an integral part of that management.

Of course, transportation is not limited to cars. Boeing and Ford are collaborating on
integrating Ford’s hydrogen ICEs from their Fusion model into Boeing aircraft.