U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Wind Program

Wind-to-Hydrogen Project Dedicated in North Dakota

July 24, 2007

U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota joined representatives from the wind industry and academia on July 21 to dedicate a $2 million wind-to-hydrogen project in Minot, which will be used to conduct research. The project will focus on using electricity generated by wind power to run an electrolyzer that breaks water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen.

Wind energy from Basin Electric's wind resources at Minot, Edgeley/Kulm, and Wilton, will be transmitted to the project site for producing the hydrogen, which will primarily be used to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles and a converted tractor.

The project is a joint effort between a consortium of energy companies and research institutions in North Dakota. The players include Basin Electric Power Cooperative, the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center, North Dakota State University's North Central Research Center, and others. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dorgan said, "This project is a breakthrough for North Dakota and for the wind and hydrogen energy industry as a whole. This demonstration will give us a glimpse of what the future might look like. North Dakota is the Saudi Arabia of wind, and hydrogen is one of the most exciting new energy technologies out there today. This project makes clear that our state is well-positioned to play a leading role as we develop these energy resources."

For more information, see the July 24 Basin Electric Power Cooperative press release.

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