EPRO Advance Technology (EAT) – has revealed a breakthrough in green hydrogen energy generation and energy storage, unveiling what is thought to be the world’s simplest and least expensive method for delivering hydrogen.
This breakthrough method has the potential to accelerate the hydrogen economy by decades, turning hydrogen from the fuel of the future into the fuel of the present.
Si+ is an innovative porous silicon material created by EAT that can manufacture ultra-pure hydrogen on demand from a water source. Si+ can also function as a solid-state hydrogen generator that is compact, durable, and transportable.
It has the ability to tackle the significant issues of hydrogen storage, safe handling, and transportation, which have impeded the expansion of the hydrogen economy for decades.
As a reliable source of safe, on-demand energy, Si+ has numerous applications. It can permit the elimination of costly and polluting diesel backup generator sets, also known as ‘gensets.’
Si+ is a perfect alternative for marine fuel oil, which will be phased out within the next year, and provides a thermal energy storage option via exothermic heat generated during the Si+ hydrogen production reaction.
Si+ will support the widespread deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric automobiles and airplanes fueled by hydrogen.
Si+ hydrogen refueling stations that generate hydrogen on demand locally can share the footprint of existing gasoline stations, thereby decreasing capital and operational costs.
“Si+ provides a reliable source of energy in contrast to intermittent renewable energy sources.” It is the first energy storage material with grid parity, according to Albert Lau, CEO of EAT. “Si+ technology has the potential to advance the hydrogen economy by decades,” Lau added.
Mr. Lau demonstrated on a webcast how Si+ may produce hydrogen from a water source. “The inert, vacuum-packed Si+ cartridges are comparable to coffee machine pods and capsules; only add water to activate the product!” he stated.
The manufacturing procedure utilizes underutilized electricity and emits no greenhouse gases. The raw material is metallurgical silicon, which can be derived from sand along with a carbon source or from recovered silicon from damaged or defunct solar panels that would otherwise be destined for a landfill.