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Lagerwey developing hydrogen-producing turbine

NETHERLANDS: Lagerwey is part of a consortium working on creating a hydrogen-producing wind turbine.

Lagerwey placed its 'David turbine' (above) next to a 'Goliath' windmill at a testing site
Lagerwey placed its 'David turbine' (above) next to a 'Goliath' windmill at a testing site

The manufacturer is working alongside sustainable hydrogen supplier Hygro and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) at a testing site at Wieringerwerf in North Holland.

The consortium aims to be capable of distributing wind-generated hydrogen to at least five fuel stations, able to refuel a total of 100 trucks simultaneously.

In the future the turbines could be connected to a hydrogen gas network rather than an electricity grid, Lagerwey stated.

"Transporting hydrogen by pipeline is significantly cheaper than transporting electricity by cable," the manufacturer explained.

Hydrogen-producing projects

Several other projects linking wind energy to hydrogen have been launched or mooted in recent months.

A group of prefectural and city governments and technology companies in Japan built a demonstration project using a ten-year-old Vestas V80 2MW turbine to electrolyse water and create low-carbon hydrogen.

A consortium of European transmission system operators and gas infrastructure companies are aiming to create a wind power hub in the North Sea, from which surplus power could be used to produce hydrogen for large-scale storage.

And in the UK, carmaker Toyota is electrolysing excess power from a 225kW wind turbine to produce hydrogen that in turn powers its Mirai car.

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