Hydrogen from renewable energy - Photovoltaic/water electrolysis as an exemplary approachA feasibility study has been conducted for a NASA Kennedy Space Center liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen production facility using solar cell arrays as the power source for electrolysis. The 100 MW output of the facility would be split into 67.6 and 32 MW portions for electrolysis and liquefaction, respectively. The solar cell array would cover 1.65 sq miles, and would be made up of 249 modular 400-kW arrays. Hydrogen and oxygen are generated at either dispersed or centralized water electrolyzers. The yearly hydrogen output is projected to be 5.76 million lbs, with 8 times that much oxygen; these fuel volumes can support approximately 18 Space Shuttle launches/year.
Sprafka, R. J. (E-F Technology, Inc. Saint Johns, MI, United States)
Tison, R. R. (E-F Technology, Inc. Saint Johns, MI, United States)
Escher, W. J. D. (E:F Technology, Inc. St. Johns, MI, United States)