Friday, 07 October 2011

First hydrogen energy production on a Turkish Island has started on Bozcaada

BOZCAADA, 7 October 2011 - An experimental renewables-hydrogen energy installation implemented by UNIDO-ICHET was inaugurated  on the Aegean island of Bozcaada today.

The first project of its kind in Turkey, the Bozcaada Hydrogen Island project was installed in Bozcaada Governor's building by the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET), a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project supported by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR).

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the MENR, ICHET, UNIDO, Bozcaada Governor and Bozcaada Municipality.

"Generating energy from hydrogen will be a model for many other cities to find alternative and clean energy models," ICHET Managing Director Mustafa Hatipoğlu said at the opening ceremony.

The Bozcaada Hydrogen Island project is a facility aimed at studying how hydrogen and renewable energies can be integrated in standalone applications for the powering of island communities. This experimental power plant produces electricity thanks to a 20 kW solar photovoltaic array and stores an equivalent amount of energy as hydrogen via a 50 kW electrolyzer.

At times of grid failure or peak demand, the stored hydrogen can be converted back to electricity using a 20 kW fuel cell and 35 kW hydrogen engine, allowing uninterrupted electricity supply to the equivalent of 20 households for up to 24 hours. The system is to be completed in 2012 by a 30 kW set of wind turbines.

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