While much research effort has concentrated on utilizing solar photovoltaics to generate hydrogen via electrolysis, the possibility of using wind power has received little attention. This paper summarizes results from a recent EC-funded project to demonstrate the practicality of such a system and to identify possible drawbacks or areas requiring further development. Specifically, the project examined the effects of fluctuating power supplies on electrolyzer operation and the modification of wind turbine operation to smooth power output, assessed the sizing and economics of a wind-hydrogen production plant, and resulted in the construction of a demonstration plant at ENEA's Casaccia Research Centre in Italy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
Dutton, A. G., Bleijs, J. A. M., Dienhart, H., Falchetta, M., Hug, W., Prischich, D., & Ruddell, A. J. (2000). Experience in the design, sizing, economics, and implementation of autonomous wind-powered hydrogen production systems. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 25(8), 705 - 722. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0360-3199(99)00098-1