Construction of a 175MW wind farm which could be the first offshore project to produce liquid air and hydrogen instead of electricity has moved from R&D to construction in Florida, US.
Scheduled for completion in 2028, Keuka Energy, behind the plans, said it is expected to produce the first renewable utility-scale stored energy.
Once completed, the system will be capable of storing 330,000m3 of liquid air and support a 235,000 horsepower wind farm comprised of 14 RimDriveTM wind machines.
Welcoming the news, Keuka CEO Herbert Williams said, “Even though we sacrifice about 50% of our shaft horsepower to produce liquid air and/or hydrogen, the low capital cost of the RimDriveTM system combined with mechanical liquefaction – without electricity – puts it at a lower levelised cost of energy (LCoE) than natural gas.”
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