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  • feets_dont_failme_now feets_dont_failme_now Nov 19, 2002 2:09 PM Flag

    DOE on wind energy


    I am afraid you are the one that doesn't get it. Wind has trouble competing economically when there is already a grid in place to transport the power.

    Now you want to make electricity to make hydrogen, compress the hydrogen and then store it and you still have the problem of transporting the hydrogen to a place where it is useful.

    I will grant you that there is some limited utility for wind power generating H2. Perhaps a hydrogen fill station for farm equipment and/or some limited rural area. But that is never going to be a significant % of overall energy requirements.

    Lets put it another way. The US demand for petroleum is about 20MM BPD. That corresponds to about 33,000,000 MW-H per day just to provide a 1:1 replacement for oil. That does not any inefficiencies for production, distribution, power conversion, etc.

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