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Wind Turbine Research
Kevin Harrison examines a wind turbine. Researchers intend to explore the potential of using wind-generated electricity to produce hydrogen for fuel cells.
(Photo: Chuck Kimmerle/University Relations)
This research is a part of a collaborative project between the NREL and the departments of electrical engineering and chemical engineering at UND. The equipment of this laboratory is devoted to wind energy and its use in electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen is then to be utilized as fuel for fuel cells and other applications. PEM fuel cells are modelled, simulated and designed. This laboratory is currently equipped with three small and mid-range wind turbines, a 1kw PEM fuel cell, programmable power supplies, various necessary sensors, National Instruments’ data acquisition systems, data loggers, etc. The wind turbines are located on the roof of the engineering building and on the university property allocated to the project.