Wind for hydrogen

A recycled wind turbine has been installed in the Environmental Energy Technology Centre in Rotherham as part of a hydrogen project commissioned by regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.


A recycled wind turbine has been installed in the Environmental Energy Technology Centre (EETC) in Rotherham as part of a hydrogen project commissioned by regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.



The V29 Vestas wind turbine was transported from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham and installed at the EETC.


The 30m, 225kW wind turbine is capable of producing 500MW hours of power each year, and is suitable for use at lower wind speeds.



In addition to generating electricity for the EETC building, the turbine will aid in the production of hydrogen using a high-pressure alkaline electrolyser developed by the Pure Energy Centre.



The EETC will be among the first buildings in the UK to be fuelled by hydrogen and will have one of the largest stores of hydrogen in Europe.


Production will begin next month, and will be used for a variety of applications, including transport fuel and as a reserve electricity source.



Jim Farmery, assistant director of business at Yorkshire Forward, said: ‘The EETC will not only be a cutting-edge hub for businesses leading the way in environmental technologies, it is also an example of excellence in sustainable building.


‘The introduction of a wind turbine to the site only adds to its credentials.’


The EETC building is part of Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), a centre designed to promote sustainable energy and attract environmental energy technology businesses.