We heat our homes in order to be able to live comfortably. At the same time, we heat water to shower. Heat is the most essential element of comfort. In the Netherlands, it is common practice to use natural gas as fuel to generate heat. Almost the entire country is currently connected to the national gas grid. The current situation, in line with the SER Agreement 2017 for ‘Sustainable Growth without CO2 emission,’ is that the Dutch Government has decided to reduce the use of natural gas. Its use will be fully eliminated by 2030, thus culminating in complete energy neutrality by 2050.
The government’s policy to ‘ban the use of natural gas’ has severe consequences. The main consequence is that consumers, tenants and home owners will have to install alternative heating systems. Those that are currently available, such as the geothermal heat pump, are extremely expensive and will rise to an average cost of € 35 K per unit.
Now that the ‘natural gas ban’ has become irreversible Government policy, many initiatives have been started in order to develop ‘achievable’ and ’affordable’ alternatives. Consequently, H2O Systems Holland has developed a system that, simply put, generates ‘heat out of water’ using hydrogen to fuel the system. Hydrogen is not unknown. It is the most present chemical element in the universe and has unprecedented features and capabilities. Hydrogen, connected with oxygen, turns into water. Because it doesn’t exist in nature, we have to ‘produce’ it. For large-scale industrial use, it will be produced chemically by use of electrolysis. This way of producing hydrogen consumes huge quantities of electricity.
The H2O systems also use electrolysis as a way of production. However, the unique H2O methodology is powered by low voltage electricity and does not have any loss of transition return. Ideally, the low voltage power needs to be provided by solar panels or a green/gray electricity grid.
‘At location’ and ‘on demand’ distilled water will be transformed into hydrogen and oxygen. These two elements combined are ideal for burning and generating energy in order to heat homes and tap water.
There are countless implementation options for hydrogen powered systems. Implementation is possible at many different types of residential units, as well as at utility entities, and properties with industrial and agricultural undertakings.
The Energy Agreement outlines two different major areas: a ‘replacement market’ and a ‘new market’.