Italian renewables firm Acta has received €780,000 (£677,000) for the development of a domestic power generation, storage and recovery system that links a microgeneration wind turbine to Acta’s hydrogen generator and fuel cell technology.
The grant has been drawn from €1.3m of total funding made available by Tuscany’s regional government. Pisa University and wind turbine developer Aequalis will work with Acta on the 18-month project.
The combined system is being developed for use in homes that are not connected to the electricity grid. It will also be used for remote renewable energy storage applications.
In addition, it will act as a demonstrator for larger-scale peak energy-saving applications. Energy generated from a wind turbine will be used to produce hydrogen from water using Acta’s electrolysis technology. The pure, dry, compressed hydrogen can be stored and then used on demand to produce electricity.