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Demonstration Projects to Generate Hydrogen from Renewable Energy
Hydrogen is a clean fuel, combining with oxygen in fuel cells to produce only water vapor, but the overall cleanliness of a hydrogen energy system depends on how the hydrogen is produced. With that in mind, a number of projects around the country are aiming to produce hydrogen from renewable energy. In Maine, the Chewonki Foundation and the Hydrogen Energy Center are planning to use a combination of onsite solar power and purchased green power to generate hydrogen, which will be used to fuel three one-kilowatt fuel cells. The groups announced the purchase of the major system components on June 22nd, and the system should be complete by this winter. In Illinois, the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Illinois Coalition plan to build a hydrogen fueling station powered in part by wind and solar energy. Located at a regional airport near Chicago, the system will provide fuel to airport vehicles and heat and power for a building at the airport, and will serve as part of the Illinois Coalition's hydrogen highway initiative. And finally, in Ames, Iowa, DOE's Ames Laboratory is considering using two wind turbines to generate hydrogen. The Ames City Council agreed on June 22nd to cooperate with the laboratory on the project, which is in the planning stages. See the press releases from the Chewonki Foundation and IIT and the Ames City Council meeting minutes.