Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro linking wind, diesel and hydrogen

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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is buying three Northwind 100 kW wind turbines from Connecticut-based Distributed Energy Systems for use in a five year research project to integrate wind power with hydrogen and diesel generation to provide cleaner electricity to remote communities (Windpower Monthly, March 2007). The turbines will be added to an existing wind-diesel project in Ramea, where six reconditioned Windmatic 65 kW turbines made in Denmark have supplied about 10% of the community's power needs since they came on line in fall 2004. Excess wind power from the expanded facility will be used to produce hydrogen, which will be stored and used to generate electricity when needed. The utility is halfway through the second year of the C$9.7 million project. The entire system is expected to be in place by the end of this year, leaving three years to work on commercialisation.

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