Well, an interesting story, and one that certainly has captured my imagination.
While I have not been one normally to plead the “green” case, I have also been quite interested in ways to capture the power of nature to provide the resources that enable me to enjoy the “finer things technology offers.”
I have a lake house in the East Coast of the US, and have always thought it would be nice to shed dependence on heating oil and electricity providers.
Here is my vision. Since I have a well, and fairly steady wind, I am wanting a combination of wind and fuel cell technology. I would like the windmill to provide the basic electric power for the house, and also to provide the electricity to tear the hydrogen atoms off the oxygen atom in the water from my well. Of course, I would want to store the hydrogen as a reserve for electricity generation when the wind dies down, and perhaps even for heat.
My challenge? None of this come cheaply yet.
So homework for the class: if any of you have plans for such a set up, or know of people that would be willing to set me up as a test case (trust me–I will advertise heavily how well it works!) let me know. I am always willing to be a guinea pig!