Prince Edward Island Wind-Hydrogen Village

NORTH CAPE, Prince Edward Island, Canada: April 22 Hydrogenics and Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation will lead a consortium of industry and government partners to develop Canada's first wind-hydrogen village demonstration. This 10.3 million dollar project will demonstrate how wind energy and hydrogen technologies can work together to offer clean and sustainable energy solutions across a wide range of applications.The home of the Atlantic Wind Test Site (AWTS), Canada's only national wind test site, Prince Edward Island now draws more than five per cent of its electricity from wind energy at North Cape. This five percent "green" is already sold out as documented in a just-posted story by TreeHugger T. McGee. Nice convergence, as the North Cape is also the site of the planned wind-hydrogen project.

Hydrogenics recently acquired Stewart Energy company, which is the origin of the alkaline electolyzer that uses wind generated electricity and water to make hydrogen. For a virtual tour of the of Stuart/Hydrogenics Vandenborre IMET® technology electrolyser click here to begin. Stuart also has developed hydrogen compression and storage technologies.

Over the course of the three years, the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Wind-Hydrogen Village Project will demonstrate installation of a hydrogen energy station, a hydrogen storage depot, and a wind- hydrogen and wind-diesel integrated control system to power the North Cape Interpretive Centre Complex, the Atlantic Wind Test Site, as well as other homes and buildings in the North Cape area.

Subsequent phases are expected to include a hydrogen refueling station in Charlottetown to support the refuelling needs of up to three full-service hydrogen shuttle buses used in Charlottetown and the Charlottetown-North Cape corridor, as well as the deployment of fuel cell utility vehicles and the expansion of the wind-hydrogen village to provide energy for additional buildings and facilities, including at least one farm operation.

The final phase of the project is expected to involve the introduction of a hydrogen- powered tour boat.

By: John Laumer