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The Hydrogen House is North America's first regulation-approved solar-hydrogen powered residence. The home was developed by Mike Strizki with a grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The solar hydrogen system was completed in 2006 and has since received international acclaim.

Located on an 11-acre plot of land in the rolling hills of Hopewell, New Jersey, the Hydrogen House operates by collecting solar energy from a 21-kilowatt array of solar panels mounted throughout Strizki's property. The energy from the 70 thin film and 80 polycrystalline panels passes through inverters where it is collected in a relatively small battery bank used to run a low-pressure electrolyser.

The Hydrogen HouseThe Hydrogen House

The electrolyser splits water molecules into the base elements hydrogen and oxygen. Strizki's system stores the hydrogen in 11 reused low-pressure propane tanks. The hydrogen can then be burned for cooking and heating similar to natural gas, and can be converted into electricity by way of a hydrogen fuel cell. The only emissions from the system are medical grade oxygen and chemically pure water.

Coupled with his home's geothermal heat system, Mike Strizki pays no energy bills and actually sells the excess electricity his system produces back to the grid at a staggering profit of between $7 000 to $20 000 per year!

What's more, he is able to fill the tank in his hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for free. No more cowering to the ups and downs of gasoline prices.

hydrogen home joule boxMike Strizki's latest renewable energy creation, The Joule Box, is a portable charge station capable of providing continuous off-grid electricity. The Joule Box is now available for sale and features tracking solar panels with GPS technology and battery back-up power storage. Optional wind turbine and onboard hydrogen gas generation upgrades can provide extra energy production and storage capacity.

Since the prototype Hydrogen House's development, Strizki's company, Strizki Systems, has installed an upgraded version of the solar-hydrogen system in the Cayman Islands, and has numerous celebrity clients awaiting a Strizki System of their own.

This technology is scalable, and can even be developed at the utilities level with the right investment. Even better, in cases of multiple users, such as a neighborhood or condominium complex, the price of the system reduces exponentially per capita.

The Hydrogen House is now moving into Phase 2, where more modern hydrogen fuel cell technology will be integrated to demonstrate increased efficiencies and economic viability of the system.

Hydrogen House statistics

- Solar Panels (21 kw): 70 EPV 50-watt thin film panels; 80 polycrystalline panels by SunPower, Sharp & Canadian Solar
• Inverters: 220 volt single phase by PV Powered, SMA & Sharp
• Batteries: Marathon MV90 Lead-Acid Gel Cells
• Electrolyser: Proton Energy low-pressure 200 psi Hogan-RE
• Fuel Cell: 5 kw Gencore Plug Power
• Hoses, valves and connections: Swagelock
• Hydrogen tanks: 1960s era reused 1 900 cubic foot low-pressure propane tanks, 200 psi
• House: Modular energy efficient 'Good Sense' home
• Geothermal: US Power Systems
• Windows: Low emissivity glass
• Insulation: Open-cell high-R foam

For more information go to or email Michael Strizki at

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