Hydrogen technology, long considered to be a “green” source of fuel, has to potential to a primary energy source in the years to come. However, continued research and innovation will be required to allow economic commercialization of hydrogen as a mainstream source of energy.
North Dakota is home to the National Center for Hydrogen Technology located at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) on the campus of the University of North Dakota (UND). Ongoing research at the NCHT includes the production of hydrogen from renewable and fossil resources, hydrogen storage, and the development of an “on-demand” hydrogen production system.
Several partners, including Basin Electric Power Cooperative, the US Department of Energy, North Dakota State University (NDSU) and UND, also collaborated on a wind-to-hydrogen research project to develop a conversion system for hydrogen vehicles. Hydrogen is being produced at the test site and is utilized by four vehicles, including a Caterpillar tractor.
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