Producing Hydrogen from Wind Power Being Tested

July 21, 2008 / 1 Comment

windpowerwakkanai Producing Hydrogen from Wind Power Being Tested


Hokkaido is Japan’s northernmost main island. The island recently hosted the G-8 Summit at Lake Toya. I know the place, got a speeding ticket there once, which, btw, has nothing to do with this post.

The Wakkanai Alternative and Renewable Energy Study Group and Heiren Energy Inc. are jointly testing a system that will store hydrogen that was produced through electrolysis of water.  Wakkanai sits to the extreme north of Hokkaido. What’s different is that the electricity used to run the project is coming from wind turbines that have been installed in the area. Confusion starts – “The hydrogen will be reacted with toluene to produce an organic hydride, allowing it to be stored in a liquid state at room temperature and ambient pressure, then transported safely by tank truck.”

There’s an energy summit that is going to take place in Hokkaido next week July 25-28 in Sapporo, the capital of the island. Hydrogen made from the wind turbine/electrolysis will be used to power an automobile that will be demonstrated at the summit.

Wind + hydrogen = cars on the move. Good Earth-friendly equation. No?


  • Miguel

    Hydrogen is a universal fuel that can be used to store energy and power everything from cars, to laptops, to heating systems for your home. It can be produced from any resource, including many that produce no emissions whatsoever other than water, such as solar, wind, and nuclear power. Hydrogen can be produced via electrolysis using any renewable energy source or nuclear power, producing hydrogen in a completely emissions-free process.

    As a representative of the Hydrogen Education Foundation, I am helping people understand that instead of seeking a single solution, a portfolio of energy choices will emerge in different ways all over the world. In some areas solar might make more sense, in others, wind or hydropower, and nuclear or natural gas might be used elsewhere – and all of these sources can be used to create hydrogen. In fact, the project taking place in Hokkaido, Japan highlights how the wind farm being built by T. Boone Pickens could in fact support hydrogen production in the United States, paving the way for a hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

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