Wind Powers Hydrogen Production in Iowa

July 20, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] At the end of June, the city council of Ames, Iowa, voted 6-0 in favor of installing two utility-scale wind turbines to be part of a project to research using wind power to create hydrogen, according to the American Wind Energy Asssociation (AWEA). The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has been working with Iowa State University (ISU) and the city of Ames to get the research project off the ground. The two 1.5-MW wind turbines are expected to be installed on one of ISU’s research farms, possibly in west Ames. The developers of the project envision the turbines providing electricity for the city of Ames as well as producing hydrogen for the Ames Laboratory during periods of non-peak electricity demand. The $6 million in funding for the construction and maintenance of the wind turbines will come from grants from the Department of Energy as part of the agency’s hydrogen research initiative. Information courtesy of AWEA’s Wind Energy Weekly

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