Geothermal can produce hydrogen?

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Geothermal can produce hydrogen?

"Hydrogen can be produced using diverse, domestic resources including fossil fuels, such as natural gas and coal (with carbon sequestration); nuclear; and biomass and other renewable energy technologies, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro-electric power."
- http://www1.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/production/

So how could you use an open loop geothermal system to produce hydrogen to create power for your house?
 
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Old 08-11-07, 06:36 AM
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Can't be done! They are made to heat and cool your home.
 
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Forget about it - significantly higher cost to capture, process and utilize than worth even thinking about.
 
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Do you know how the process is done, or possibly any links, so that I could see for myself whats involved?

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Old 08-11-07, 10:09 PM
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You are talking about two different things.

An open loop geothermal system can not produce hydrogen.
Geothermal is used to transfer heat, hydrogen production is a chemical process.

Use Google and you will find many links for what you want to know.
 
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Ya guys do understand that the quote was directly from the Department of Energy's website, and not my own words, right???

I know what Geothermal is used for, but when I came accross this from the governments website, I had to clear it up......................
 
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There's plenty of examples of people using geothermal wells to produce hydrogen. Buses in Denmark, German engineers, Iceland, to name a few.

Also here's a link to an article about a resort in Alaska that runs their buildings, and vehicles on hydrogen that was produced with geothermal heat.

http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/07/09/alaska-resort-using-hydrogen-to-fuel-appliances-and-vehicles/
 
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Also I know it's not hydrogen related, but I was wondering if something like this could be scaled down to power a house. It seems like a simple concept.

Could get the picture to show, but there's the link.
http://www.dodgetalk.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=154949&stc=1
 
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Heat Pumps and Electric Heating > Geothermal can produce hydrogen?

I think the plants you are referring to use the geothermal (heat) as an energy source to supplement other energy sources like gas and electricity. The process of producing hydrogen is nothing new, but it does require energy and a big investment because of the technology, equipment and materials.

Dick
 
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