FURI | Fall 2019

Electrolyzer Application of a Load-Managing PV System

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The purpose of this research was to determine the effectiveness of electrolyzers implemented within a load-managing PV system. The electrolyzers branch the system’s loads from test resistors, which have shown power efficiency of up to 99%, to real applications by generating sustainable hydrogen gas. An electrical model for the terminal behavior of a single electrolyzer at a resistance of 0.2 Ω*cm2 was derived from a linear fit of experimental data with an r2 value of 0.999. The electrolyzer models will be optimally configured in series and parallel, where simulations can be done with the PV system to determine the efficiency.

Student researcher

Christian Polo

Christian Polo

Electrical engineering

Hometown: San Jose, California, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2022

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