Xcel Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showed off a new
production facility that derives its power from the wind. The plant, located between Golden and Boulder in Colorado, uses two wind turbines linked to the electrolyzers that produce the hydrogen from water. The turbines also provide the power for the compressors that move the hydrogen gas into the four storage tanks. The plant is an experimental facility that will be evaluating different types of electrolysis equipment and working on improving the overall efficiency of the wind to hydrogen conversion process. NREL and Xcel will be providing a public update on their progress in mid-2007 and will be sharing their data with the Hydrogen Utility Group, a group of energy utility companies interested in using hydrogen.
[Source: Xcel Energy via