for Hydrogen Production
can be harnessed to provide electricity at some of the lowest
costs available for new generation. Coupling wind turbines to
hydrogen-generating electrolyzers has the potential to provide
low-cost, environmentally friendly distributed generation of hydrogen
in addition to electricity. In this way, hydrogen generation can
be a pathway for wind generation to contribute directly to reducing
the nation's reliance on imported fuels.
are investigating key technical and market issues in an effort
to explore this wind and hydrogen synergy, specifically:
- What regions
of the United States have the greatest potential for employing
wind turbines to produce both electricity and hydrogen, and
under what conditions and time frame are they likely to become
- What are
the costs of wind systems that produce both electricity and
hydrogen, both today and in the future?
- What are
the opportunities for reducing system cost, by designing hybrid
wind-based systems specifically for production of electricity
- What areas
should research focus on to have the greatest impacts on cost,
both in the near- and long-term?
DOE wind researchers
are developing a modeling framework to identify promising development
areas and better define costs, to provide a systematic summary
for the potential for co-producing hydrogen fuel and electricity.