Hydrogen Engine Will Test Wind Power to Hydrogen Process

Algona, Iowa [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The intended use of a 50 kilowatt (kW) hydrogen-fueled generator set, which the Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) recently sold to Xcel Energy, is for a wind-to-hydrogen research, development and demonstration project.

Researchers will analyze and compare hydrogen production directly from wind power versus using the electric grid. The hydrogen will be produced from electrolysis using an electrolyzer. Since the project is part of a joint venture between the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Xcel Energy, the generator will be shipped to NREL’s National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. HEC is currently working with other utility companies nationwide with similar interests in producing renewable power. “Wind-generated electricity is not constant. The conversion of excess electrical output from the wind generator to hydrogen allows for the storing of energy to be used at times of no wind and thus solves the time-of-use problem,” said Ted Hollinger, president of HEC. HEC designs, manufactures and distributes flex and alternative fuel internal combustion engines and power generation equipment for agricultural, industrial, airport ground support, vehicular, business and home applications. “We are receiving more requests from interested parties worldwide seeking answers involving sustainable power capabilities,” said Joe Lewis, V.P. of Engine Sales at HEC.

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