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Island wind-hydrogen energy: A significant potential US resource


  • Sovacool, Benjamin K.
  • Hirsh, Richard F.


Islands offer the advantages of notional deep ocean wind stations without the problems of mounting wind turbines in a hostile marine environment. In principle, island wind-power stations could take advantage of rich (up to Class 7) wind resources. Because connection to an electricity grid will be difficult for most island-based systems, electrical energy could be converted into hydrogen (by electrolyzing seawater) and stored for use on the island or shipped to the mainland. To attain the benefits of high-speed wind-turbine systems, several technical and policy issues, dealing with wind resources, specialized wind-turbine equipment, and the political and economic potential of island wind stations, need to be addressed. Until such multifaceted research can be completed, the technical potential for island-based wind turbines will remain just that—potential.

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  • Sovacool, Benjamin K. & Hirsh, Richard F., 2008. "Island wind-hydrogen energy: A significant potential US resource," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 33(8), pages 1928-1935.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:renene:v:33:y:2008:i:8:p:1928-1935
    DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2007.12.006

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