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Originally published June 9 2005

Solar-powered home built in Arizona

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Bryan Beaulieu, an engineer and inventor, is building a $2 million dollar home in Scottsdale, Arizona that runs on hydrogen. In the same way green plants break water into hydrogen and oxygen, Beaulieu's home will use energy from the sun to create electricity. That electricity powers a machine-sized appliance called at electrolyzer that converts water into hydrogen. This converted hydrogen can power all the appliances in the house: lights, computers, ceiling fans, etc. The house, in addition to creating no pollution, is also constructed from native materials and contains no glues, chemicals, or synthetic fibers. While Beaulieu has been living in the home since April 1, 2005, he's hoping his family can move in shortly.

Engineer and inventor Bryan Beaulieu is creating a $2 million home that will run on hydrogen. He will live with his wife and sons off the grid, harnessing solar energy instead of burning fossil fuels. 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. "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," said Roy McAlister of the American Hydrogen Association in Mesa. 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," McAlister said. 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. 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 converting what would have cost society a lot in terms of garbage and sewage into resources greatly needed." Anthony Floyd, who runs Scottsdale's Green Building Program, hopes that the house will be an example of the benefits of using mass materials such as concrete, clay and adobe in hot, dry climates. The steel on the outside is treated with linseed oil, and the solid walnut cabinets in the kitchen with vinegar and steel wool. It also is an experiment, one that requires its inhabitants to understand the environment that makes it work.

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