Jamaica to use Solar Electrolysis to Bottle Hydrogen as Cooking Gas

22 Oct 2012

Jamaica Solar Hydrogen

The University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) is leading an 85% EU-funded project to use solar-driven electrolysis to create hydrogen for use as cooking gas. Jamaica currently spends $30 million per year on the import of cooking gas. The Solar-Hydrogen Research Project, which unofficially began in August and is worth €495,000 ($646,900), aims to reduce this dependency and increase the country’s energy independence. 80% of Jamaican households currently use LPG for cooking, mostly from import.

The project will run for three years and will carry the process from research to commercial viability. The project team includes engineers and scientists from UTech, the UK’s Brunel University, University of West Indies, Bureau of Standards Jamaica, and Jamaica’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.


Image: President of UTech, Professor Errol Morrison (left) speaks to Phillip Paulwell (right), Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining at the project launch.

Reference: The Jamaica Gleaner


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