New Tech For Local Wind Farm 03 May 13

Renville County could become host to the first large-scale commercial project to produce hydrogen from wind in the US. Norfolk Wind Energy of Bird Island and Emerald H2 of Minneapolis announced this week that they have entered into an agreement to develop the project. Norfolk Wind Energy is a community wind project of farmers and landowners founding by Company President Dave Scheibel of Bird Island. They are seeking to erect wind turbines with a capacity to produce 40 megawatts of electricity, with the opportunity to eventually expand to 100 megawatts. Emerald H2 has a technology believed to be more efficient at using electricity to produce hydrogen from water than systems now in use. Norfolk Wind would use the wind electricity to produce hydrogen when there is low electrical demand. Electricity produced during other periods would be sold to a utility customer.