Global Immersion announces World-First Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Planetarium
- West Sussex, UK --- April 1st, 2010, West Sussex, UK --- After a
stated challenge to "Rewrite the way planetariums operate" at
the 2008 International Planetarium Society conference, Global Immersion
has announced plans to build the World's first hydrogen fuel-cell
Officially called H2GO!®, these new completely self-contained
planetarium power plants will convert a stream of hydrogen into
electricity to be used for the operation of planetarium systems
including as projection, audio, and lighting. Each H2GO! system is
comprised of a highly technical, field-tested `JouleCell'
chamber that stands approximately 50 meters high and weighs in at almost
Speaking about this ground-breaking innovation, Matt Fox, Chief Managing
Engineer at Global Immersion said, "This marks the beginning in
self-sustaining planetarium projection experiences. This is the future
of projecting tiny dots on the inside of large balls set to synthesizer
music - we are very excited about the possibilities of where this
technology will take us."
The only pollution the H2GO! system will create is heat and clean,
drinkable water. "In a single day, the H2GO! will create three
thousand times more electricity than a normal planetarium would consume
in a month" Fox continued. "Experimental architectural designs
have suggested the excess power can be used to heat the building housing
the planetarium and provide all of the necessary power to run the
As with any other hydrogen fuel-cell power generator, two crucial
obstacles needed to be overcome before bringing the design to market.
The first is the inherent flammability of hydrogen (think the
Hindenburg). This issue has been solved not by making hydrogen less
flammable, but by situating the power plant at least five kilometers
away from the planetarium.
"We decided that if one of the H2GO! systems were to suffer any kind
of unlikely system failure, we would want it to be as far away from
people as possible" Fox explained. "As a result, the system will
come bundled with high-voltage cables that can be custom fitted to the
local power grid. Running thousands and thousands of meters of high
tension powerlines through people gardens is a difficult task. In some
ways, dealing with the farmers and land owners has been more of a
challenge than inventing the H2GO! itself! We've become quite adept
at teaming up with local authorities and permitting offices to get the
necessary lines run."
The second major issue to overcome was the ability to get the hydrogen
fuel to the H2GO! system. Global Immersion has founded daughter company
`HydroTransit'; specializing in hydrogen fuel delivery, to
assist customers interested in purchasing a H2GO! "Hydrogen may be
the most abundant element in the universe, but that doesn't mean
it's easy to come by in central England", Global Immersion's
Lead Project Engineer Jack Langley noted.
Driver, Jan Breens added, "These things consume so much hydrogen
that we had to invent a whole new fuel delivery industry that is
reliable, inexpensive, and, most importantly, safe. We want to keep the
digital stars shining and not harm people in the process."
The delivery model is simple; once the H2GO! power plant is built, the
customer can sign up for the hydrogen delivery service and a tanker will
arrive every three hours to deliver the needed hydrogen to keep the
planetarium operational. The tankers, far from ordinary fuel-delivery
trucks, are custom-fitted with a containment system that keeps the fuel
from escaping during transit. The details of this containment system are
considered an industry secret. This special containment system also
effectively removes the possibility that any major catastrophes will
result from traffic accidents or malfunctions.
Matt Fox said, "In this climate of increasing ecological awareness,
a planetarium driven by a completely environmentally friendly power
plant is not only responsible, it is also a positive and unique feature
to attract eco-tourists." He adds "It's also just smart
business. A single H2GO! will pay for itself in less than 50
The first H2GO! system is slated to begin construction in July of 2010
and is considered a crucial component of an as-yet-to-be-named
planetarium in central England.
For more details, contact Global Immersion at
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About Global Immersion
Global Immersion is an award-winning organization, dedicated to the
unique and innovative medium of immersive theater.
With over ten years experience in the world of fulldome displays and
scientific data visualization, Global Immersion combines a broad range
of proven technologies to create enthralling and exciting immersive
theater. As a full-service team, they pull together exceptional theater
design, advanced projection technologies, content production,
user-friendly controls and advanced audio & lighting all on a
H2GO! Is a registered trademark of Global Immersion Limited
HydroTransit is a trademark of Global Immersion Limited
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