South Gare Lighthouse Hydrogen Fuel Cell Beams Brightly
For several months, a British Lighthouse has been shining a Light on alternative energy! South Gare Lighthouse is the world’s first Lighthouse to be powered by a clean environmentally-friendly Hydrogen Fuel Cell (1). The Hydrogen Fuel Cell produces electricity to power a 45-watt high-intensity LED beaming a Light visible to range of 22 nautical miles out to sea.
Other forms of power from solar, wind, or wave generators were unreliable due to the weather and unpredictable forces of the North Sea. Whereas, South Gare Lighthouse, powered by the innovative hi-tech Hydrogen Fuel Cell, has improved the reliability of the Lighthouse and navigational safety in the hostile environment as well as providing alleged economic and environmental benefits (see Note 2).
Over the past few months, the the Centre for Process Industries (CPI) of Wilton, Teesside has proved the Hydrogen Fuel Cell is reliable in the salty air and the harsh coastal environment. CPI also tested its innovative water-based cooling system to ensure the Fuel Cell does not overheat. In addition, the change to the Hydrogen Fuel Cell has eliminated power outages from cables damaged during coastal storms.
South Gare Lighthouse was built in 1884 at the mouth of the Tees River to guide navigation through high winds and rough seas on their approach to Teesport. Currently, the 43-foot high Lighthouse exhibits a Flashing White or Red (depending on direction) Light every 12-seconds 53-feet above sea level to aid navigation. Teesport is one of Britain’s three busiest ports handling 50 million tons of cargo transported by 6,000 ships every year.
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(1) A hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity from a external supply of hydrogen fuel flowing into the anode (-) side and a oxygen oxidant on the cathode (+) side reacting in a electrolyte.
Fuel cells are the same but different from batteries: Both use the same electrochemical energy conversion process yet Fuel Cells are also different from batteries because the fuel is consumed in the process producing a byproduct. Water flows out of Hydrogen Fuel Cell after hydrogen ions combine with oxygen!
The Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) cell or Hydrogen Fuel Cell can produce a minimum of 100-watts of power which is twice the power needed for the 45-watt high-intensity LED installed in the Lighthouse.
(2) A Inconvenient Truth (where is Al Gore when Lord Likely needs him, Ed?) ?
What is the economic and environmental benefit of the alleged environmentally-friendly fuel cell? The hydrogen electrochemical process is clean, quiet and 2 to 3 times more efficient than fuel combustion. This would be great news for the Global Warming Alarmists who want to reduce our carbon footprints EXCEPT hydrogen is produced using fossil fuels like coal or natural gas and costs twice the price of gas at the pump!