Germany: Hydrogen-methanol wind prototype

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Oekostrom Handel has been pursuing a research project into the production of hydrogen and methanol from wind energy for the past year and plans to construct a prototype system later this year in partnership with the University of Kiel and wind turbine manufacturer Jacobs Energie. A 500 kW turbine will be used. "The supplier of the electrolyser to generate the hydrogen has not been decided," says Jens Peters of Oekostrom Handel. The energy for electrolysis plant will be delivered from wind stations that Oekostrom Handel develops. The energy from a wind turbine is more than sufficient for the production of hydrogen and methanol on an industrial scale, according to the Hamburg company. Oekostrom develops and sells wind plant as turnkey projects, usually to wind fund companies, building on the experience of the company from which it was created, Peters and Trüschel of Hamburg, which has been active in the wind business since 1992. "We have lease contracts for sites for the installation of more than 200 MW of wind capacity over the coming years," says Peters.

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