HOMER Energy Support

Modeling an electrolyzer

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2016 02:53PM MDT

How does HOMER calculate the production of H2 in the electrolyzer model?


HOMER models the electrolyzer in a very simple way.  It assumes a constant efficiency, so that a certain amount of electricity will always result in a certain amount of hydrogen.  It has a minimum load level, so if the electrolyzer can only operate down to, say, 75% of its rated capacity you can set the minimum load to 75%.  Normally the electrolyzer receives only surplus electricity, but when hydrogen is needed (to serve the hydrogen load or to fuel a generator required to serve an electric load) the electrolyzer will demand electricity.

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