Hydrogen Home in Scottsdale Arizona - Energy Bill Zero

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We had a unique experience when we took the opportunity to explore a Hydrogen home with its owner.

On the side of one of Scottsdale's Troon mountain rests this unique energy efficent hydrogen home.

Engineer and inventor Bryan Beaulieu invested $2 million in this home that runs on hydrogen.

Bryan lives in the home with his wife Yvette, and sons, off the power grid, and harnessing solar energy instead of burning fossil fuels.

Beaulieu hopes his new home, where he has been living since April 1, 2005 is the answer to a question he asked himself five years ago: "Can we live in the desert without sucking energy out of the rest of the world?"

One of only two hydrogen houses anywhere - the other is in Malaysia - Beaulieu's is made up of a courtyard surrounded by five hexagonal living pods, the shape borrowed from a hogan, or traditional Navajo house.

Yvette's sensitivity to chemicals, dust and fumes was the initial seed for the project.

Bryan has set up a way to make his family more healthy, by using the same thing green plants use as the energy carrier of what goes into his home.

Rather than import Italian marble and install gold-plated fixtures, Beaulieu used materials native to the desert and strived for resource efficiency, durability and longevity.

The floors of Beaulieu's pods are limestone. The walls and ceiling are built from cinderblock and clay. There are no chemicals or glues anywhere, which means no paint, no particleboard, no carpeting and no drywall. The steel on the outside is treated with linseed oil, and the solid walnut cabinets in the kitchen with vinegar and steel wool.

Hydrogen Home in Scottsdale ArizonaHow it all works

Green plants use energy from the sun to break water into hydrogen and oxygen, retaining the hydrogen to make plant tissue that becomes "the tomatoes, the strawberries, the roses, what have you.


Similarly, Beaulieu's home will trap sunlight in solar panels and convert it to electricity. That electricity will run a washing machine-size appliance called an electrolyzer, which separates water into hydrogen and oxygen.

The hydrogen will be trapped in high-pressure tanks and run through an electric generator, producing a clean electricity that keeps lights, computers, ceiling fans - whatever the family needs - humming.

"It works just like you use natural gas," said Beaulieu, "but with no pollution."

The solar panels will soak up tens of thousands of watts of energy during the day and store it for evening, when the family needs more power. 

He's using a type of environmental management of radiation from outer space to heat in winter and cool in the summer. He's converting what would have cost society a lot in terms of garbage and sewage into resources greatly needed."

Like any volatile fuel, including gasoline in cars and home heating oil, hydrogen can be explosive if not stored properly. Yet by design, Beaulieu's home will not produce harmful greenhouse gases.

Like hogans, yurts and tepees, each of the five 1,000-square-foot pods of his home has central ventilation in the ceiling that releases hot air. A series of computer-operated windows helps cool air circulate.

· Two feet of dirt on each roof stabilizes temperature.

· Beaulieu planted 10,000 square feet of vines into the dirt on the roofs of each pod creating a canopy of leaves that stretches from the pods across the courtyard. "Our whole house is like a big flower pot," Beaulieu said.

There is a courtyard's swimming pool, which feeds a stream that runs alongside the indoor living spaces. The water and leaves will create a microclimate that traps moisture and cool air.

"It's all the latest and all the oldest technology," said Beaulieu, who has 20 patents in pollution control and lightweight structural systems.

What are his current monthly energy bills after all of this work?  Zero  No energy bills and a conversation piece to boot - Not bad.

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Jane and Jeff- that is amazing!!!!  Maybe someday, we can use at least some of these innovations to be better trustees of our planet. 

Oct 28, 2013 07:06 PM #1
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Kathy it would be nice but currently it's reserved for those with a lot of money.

Oct 29, 2013 07:27 AM #3
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Dale - This is not a venue for spamming. I have reported you to AR and hopefully you'll be removed from this platform soon.

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How cool is that??  I am so glad I didn't miss this, thanks to kathy!

Nov 03, 2013 06:43 AM #6
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We're happy you enjoyed it and thanks to Kathy for bringing additional attention to the post.

Nov 03, 2013 07:18 AM #7
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What a great home with every energy needed for a home. Once again and as usual, who needs government, when entrepreneurs can do it on their own with no corruption and waste.
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Never heard of such a thing.  Talk about really running eco and potentially off the grid.

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Greetings Jimmy - Couldn't agree with you more, although this methodology would have to move to a production level with improved affordability before I could embrace it personally.

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Greetings Jay and Michele - It's eco friendly but the ROI might be measured in decades. Thanks for dropping by.

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