Borg Energy | Wind Energy for Hydrogen Production
According to the experts of Borg energy, wind power has been receiving a great deal of attention.
According to the experts of Borg energy, wind power has been receiving a great deal of attention. As a free, clean, and inexhaustible energy source, it is one of the most promising methods to generate environmental-friendly energy. It also significantly reduces the dependence on fossil fuels and eliminates emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants. However, the limitations of producing electricity from wind energy systems include: the dependence on the regularity of wind, storage and transport problems, and the need for converting the energy from wind turbines into aversatile energy carrier. Furthermore, wind curtailment, which is the reduction in electricity generation below the capability produced by a well-functioning wind turbine system, is another big issue that needs to be considered.
The wind power hydrogen industry is currently developing toward the trend of intelligence and informationization, promoting the high-quality development of this industry. As a way to resolve wind curtailment, the integration of hydrogen fuel at a wind farm allows flexibility to shift production to best match the resource availability with its particular operational needs and market factors.
The hydrogen generated via electrolysis cannot be absorbed by the power grid as it goes to storage right away, and the electricity generated by the non-grid-connected wind power can generate hydrogen directly. The ratio of wind power into power grid and hydrogen production can be adjusted by the control system accordingly, whereby the initial energy lost through wind curtailment can be absorbed maximally.
Moreover, on top of providing energy to the power grid, excess electric power supplied by the wind turbines can also result in the production of hydrogen through electrolysis of water instead of curtailing the electricity as is commonly done, says experts of Borg Energy. The hydrogen is pressurized for storage and can be used in a wide range of applications such as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles or for electricity generation using a fuel cell system. The latter may be an alternative method suitable for small-scale energy generation in remote areas where wind is scarce. Further development of the hydrogen fuel cells can meet the needs of various population sizes and provide solutions for the power supply problems of several industries and residential housing.
Even though many key areas in wind power hydrogen production technology are to be improved, several technical requirements have been established to ensure an overall efficient operation of a wind-energy hydrogen system. The most important one being the adaptability of wind turbines to have strong resistance to wind fluctuations, since wind turbines contribute directly to powering the electrolyzer as well as the external power grid.