Mississauga-based Hydrogenics has sold one of its HySTAT Hydrogen Stations to Gas Natural SDG, a Spanish-based energy services company that operates a wind farm.
“Presently, the Sotavento Galicia wind farm produces more electricity than can be delivered to the grid and the excess ‘green’ electricity cannot be stored or delivered to the electrical grid, resulting in lost revenue,” according to a Hydrogenics press release. “By powering the HySTAT Hydrogen Station with the excess wind energy, Gas Natural will now provide the means to capture high value electricity that otherwise would have been lost and utilize it to make more electricity for the grid than was achievable in the past.”
The system will be installed this September. Hydrogenics CEO Pierre Rivard said it is the sixth project that the company has announced where its hydrogen stations are powered by wind or solar energy. “One of the biggest challenges with wind power is that unused energy can not be stored for later use when the wind isn’t blowing. Hydrogen solves this problem,” said Rivard in a statement. “As we will prove at this location, excess electricity from wind can produce hydrogen to fuel an internal combustion engine, essentially turning that excess wind power back into electricity that people can use.”
I’m a big fan of this approach, but the big question is, can it do so economically? These projects are great for demonstration, but what I’m waiting for is for Hydrogenics to prove the economic case.