Curtailed Wind Energy Ontario
Have you ever seen the wind turbines not spinning during your drive home from work? That’s because you’re not using that electricity and because of a lack of storage solutions, wind turbines are being stalled and solar plants are disconnected from the power grid. Wind and solar energy is essentially wasted and during times of high demand gas and biofuel power plants are used to provide the extra electricity. One possible method of energy storage is through hydrogen, excess grid electricity is used to electrolyze hydrogen and oxygen from water, the hydrogen is stored through compression and used later to power the grid through a fuel cell. The work being done by the i-FuELs lab explore the curtailed grid energy and the potential hydrogen that is generated from it.