|ND wind has potential to produce large amounts of electricity and hydrogen.|
Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Bismarck, N.D.) has awarded Hydrogenics Corporation a contract to supply an electrolyzer-based hydrogen vehicle refuelling station for installation in Minot.
The station is one of the first United States-based hydrogen fueling stations to use electricity from a wind power resource to produce hydrogen from water, in this case using electricity generated by wind resources either owned or contracted by Basin Electric.
In addition to the core electrolyzer module, Hydrogenics is supplying compression, storage and dispenser equipment as part of the contract.
Recognizing the challenge presented by the intermittency and varying outputs of wind power, an important element of the project is the development of various control schemes by which the electrolyzer can interface with the electrical output of wind turbines to optimize fuel production, particularly during low electricity demand periods.
The installation of this electrolyzer fueling station at North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center, scheduled for the latter part of 2006, is an integral component of a Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Wind Hydrogen project approved early in 2005.
North Dakota has been called the “Saudi Arabia of Wind.” An analysis several years ago by GE Research concluded that North Dakotan wind has the potential to supply 1/3 of the electricity consumption of the lower 48 states. Furthermore, the state could become a clean fuel supplier to Minneapolis and Chicago by piping hydrogen.
GE Global Research: Large Scale Wind Hydrogen Systems