Wind-hydrogen hybrid power systems


Wind-hydrogen hybrid power systems

One of the key issues with wind energy is its intermittent nature. This has led to numerous methods of storing energy including the production of hydrogen through the electrolysis of water. This hydrogen is subsequently used to generate electricity during periods when demand can not be matched by wind alone. The energy in the stored hydrogen can be converted into electrical power through fuel cell technology or a combustion engine linked to an electrical generator.

Successfully storing hydrogen has many issues which need to be overcome, such as embrittlement of the materials used in the power system.

This technology is being developed in many countries and has even seen a recent IPO of an Australian firm called 'Wind Hydrogen' [http://www.asx.com.au/asx/floats/UpcomingFloatDetail.jsp?asxcode=WHN "Wind Hydrogen Limited - Proposed ASX code: WHN" Renew ND. Retrieved 02 November 2007.] that looks to commercialise this technology in both Australia and the UK

Essentially Wind Hydrogen offers a source of domestic and vehicular energy for rural communities where current energy transmission costs are prohibitive. Test sites include:

See also

* Energy development
* Hydrogen vehicle
* Grid energy storage
* Hydridic Earth theory
* The Hype about Hydrogen
* Hydrogen prize
* Low-carbon economy
* Renewable energy in Iceland
* Renewable energy in Scotland
* Hydrogen energy plant in Denmark

Power generation

*Energy development
*Fossil fuel power and petro-free
*Hydropower
*Wind-Diesel
*Nuclear Power
*Solar power
*Solar updraft tower
*Steam engine
*List of wind turbine manufacturers
*World energy resources and consumption
*The Windbelt, a non-turbine approach to tapping wind power

Green energy

* Green energy
* Green tax shift
* Grid energy storage
* Renewable energy
* Renewable energy in Scotland
* Wind
* Windmill
* Wind farm
* Wind turbine
* Merchant Wind Power

By country

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* List of large wind farms

References

External links

* [http://www.wind-hydrogen.com Wind Hydrogen Ltd]
* [http://www.hydrogenics.com Hydrogenics]
* [http://www.iahe.org International Association for Hydrogen Energy]
* [http://www.h2euro.org European Hydrogen Association]
* [http://www.res2h2.com RES2H2]
* [http://www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/proj_wind_hydrogen_animation.html NREL Wind Hydrogen]
* [http://www.infotools.hfpeurope.org/ European Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology Platform (HFP)
* [http://www.hydro.com/ Hydro - Morten Harket when he visited Hydro's hydrogen and wind power facility]


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