This is our compact steam-methane reformer (SMR) – the Dish-STARS™ “Hydrogen Generator”

This disk shaped device is the chemical reactor portion of the Dish-STARS™ Hydrogen Generator.  It’s small size, low cost to manufacture and operate, and its simplicity make it a reliable and cost-effective means of making hydrogen where you want it. By eliminating the cost and need to pipe or transport the hydrogen to your location we reduce the time and expense of creating infrastructure. You can have a hydrogen generator up and working in weeks instead of years. The solar collector in effect converts solar energy into hydrogen for clean burning fuel.  The STARS’ design approach is to use multiple systems in a modular array and take advantage of the free energy from the sun to augment the production of hydrogen. The modular design reduces cost by taking advantage of mass production efficiencies and reduces service disruptions while it increases unit availability by allowing maintenance on individual modules without requiring a full system shutdown.  The compact design of the system is fully scalable to  provide thousands of kilograms of hydrogen per day  at a much smaller footprint compared to conventional hydrogen generators.

This disk shaped device is the chemical reactor portion of the Dish-STARS™ Hydrogen Generator.

It’s small size, low cost to manufacture and operate, and its simplicity make it a reliable and cost-effective means of making hydrogen where you want it. By eliminating the cost and need to pipe or transport the hydrogen to your location we reduce the time and expense of creating infrastructure. You can have a hydrogen generator up and working in weeks instead of years. The solar collector in effect converts solar energy into hydrogen for clean burning fuel.

The STARS’ design approach is to use multiple systems in a modular array and take advantage of the free energy from the sun to augment the production of hydrogen. The modular design reduces cost by taking advantage of mass production efficiencies and reduces service disruptions while it increases unit availability by allowing maintenance on individual modules without requiring a full system shutdown.

The compact design of the system is fully scalable to provide thousands of kilograms of hydrogen per day at a much smaller footprint compared to conventional hydrogen generators.

Stars’ Dish-STARS™ low cost solar steam-methane reformer (SMR) units use existing natural gas pipeline-infrastructure reducing the capital costs and time it takes to create hydrogen fueling stations.  

  • The Dish-STARS™ hydrogen generator support the rapid introduction of fuel cell vehicles by providing low-cost, low-carbon hydrogen at a price that competes with gasoline on dollars per mile traveled basis

  • Producing hydrogen from natural gas will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and can eliminate dependence on foreign oil to fuel the U.S. economy.

  • The Dish-STARS™ based system for generating hydrogen at or near the point of use takes advantage of existing water and natural gas pipelines to reduce the new infrastructure needed for making hydrogen available.

  • The Dish-STARS™ hydrogen generator relies on economies of mass production and multiple-redundant components to reduce the capital costs associated with providing hydrogen fuels at the point of use or point of sale.

  • Dish-STARS™ hydrogen generator capacity can be installed in phases to meet customer needs.  This reduces the initial capital expenditure of providing hydrogen to the site and allows expansion of capacity as market demands increase.

  • Onsite hydrogen production can be injected into natural gas systems to increase the energy content, thus lowering the amount of carbon dioxide produced per joule of energy used.

  • There is no other economically viable method of providing Hydrogen to the point of sale that can compete with a projected cost of under $4 per kilogram in 125 kilograms per day quantities.

Hydrogen Generator Components

The Dish-STARS™ hydrogen generator requires natural gas and water as inputs to the system. The catalytic reaction requires high temperature to produce the hydrogen. The heat input is provided by the solar collector when the sun is available. When solar heating is unavailable reaction heat is provided by an electrical heating unit. Heat exchanges occur in several sections of the process to maximize efficiency. the unused byproducts of the reaction are returned to natural gas pipeline or as inputs to the process.  The Hydrogen generated is then sent to the user’s hydrogen system for compression, storage or direct use.  The efficiency of this system is to projected to allow it to locally produce hydrogen at under $4 per kilogram.

The Dish-STARS™ hydrogen generator requires natural gas and water as inputs to the system. The catalytic reaction requires high temperature to produce the hydrogen. The heat input is provided by the solar collector when the sun is available. When solar heating is unavailable reaction heat is provided by an electrical heating unit. Heat exchanges occur in several sections of the process to maximize efficiency. the unused byproducts of the reaction are returned to natural gas pipeline or as inputs to the process.

The Hydrogen generated is then sent to the user’s hydrogen system for compression, storage or direct use.

The efficiency of this system is to projected to allow it to locally produce hydrogen at under $4 per kilogram.