Prospects for Hydrogen Fuel in the Early Future

2015 Project 1

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Project Abstract

This study explores the perception of renewable energy and hydrogen energy by the public and off-grid energy users to determine where and how HyLink™ might be adopted. HyLink™ is a prototype technology that uses electricity to make hydrogen gas from water. To date, user motivations for installing hydrogen power in off-grid applications has not been studied extensively. Interviews and surveys were conducted on the general public and renewable energy system (RES) owners to understand energy habits and perceptions of hydrogen energy. Due to a lack of information about HyLink™, current RES owners were unable to express a preference either for or against the technology. Our findings will assist the development of a communication strategy targeting the interested public and current RES owners.

Student Team

  • Matthew J Beardsley, RBE
  • Lea H Dighello, ECE
  • Christopher J Flanagan, CE
  • Nathan T Varney, ME


Callaghan Innovation


  • Elmes, Michael B., MG
  • Hersh, Robert, ID