N.J. man has first solar-hydrogen home
N.J. man has first solar-hydrogen home EAST AMWELL, N.J., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A New Jersey home is the first in the country to be powered completely by solar and hydrogen energy.
Michael Stritzki used $100,000 of his own money, along with corporate, private and government grants, to build turn his East Amwell, N.J., home into a pioneering hybrid that was unveiled Friday.
The former state Department of Transportation engineer said he ran into some red-tape with local code enforcement unfamiliar with this somewhat new technology (NASA powers space shuttles with hydrogen).
"Things that people don't understand, they're afraid of," Stritzki said. "Hydrogen is just another gas, and it's safer than all the fossil fuels we currently know."
Solar panels on the roof of Stritzki's garage produce extra electricity in the summer which is used for processing hydrogen from water. The hydrogen then powers a fuel cell, which covers any energy needs the solar panels can't meet for the two-story home with a big-screen TV, swimming pool and a hot tub, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The state's Board of Public Utilities funneled $250,000 for Stritzki's home from a Clean Energy Program. The remaining $150,000 came from private and corporate sponsors and loans.
"We're not anticipating this exact project to be duplicated everywhere," said Connie Hughes, a utility commissioner, "but we do see this as one of the ways to address New Jersey's goals of having 20 percent of our energy coming from renewables by the year 2020."
Lyle Rawlings, president of Advanced Solar Products and Stritzki's design engineer, said "New Jersey has shown the will, the leadership to the rest of the country, and it's up to them to catch up because we're in the vanguard."