Hydrogen trials

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Corporación Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra (EHN) has taken a first step towards development of a wind turbine designed specifically to produce hydrogen with the establishment a wind-simulated hydrogen production facility at the Public University of Navarra. It features a 5 kW electrolyser, which separates hydrogen gas from water. EHN intends to further develop its 1.5 MW wind turbine to supply electricity for the process.

Capable of producing hydrogen at one cubic metre an hour, the electrolyser, supplied by Canadian corporation Stuart Energy Systems, is coupled to a 10 kW electronic converter and microprocessor which is responsible for adjusting electrical supply parameters to simulate a range of wind conditions.

"This experiment, a novel one at world level, represents the first step towards the clean and competitive production of a fuel that is destined to play a key role in the future sustainable energy model," says EHN. "The data...will enable the design of wind turbines and electrolysers specifically destined for the production of hydrogen with maximum efficiency."

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