Patagonian town is building hydrogen plant


Everyone knows the wind blows hard in Argentine Patagonia. And it’s no secret the region has attracted a growing number of projects to convert Aeolian blasts from the Andes into electricity. Now, a Patagonian town is exploring the next step: effectively bottling windpower so it might be stored—and perhaps eventually sold in distant markets. Pico Truncado, 1,200 miles (1,900 kms) south of Buenos Aires, is building the first-ever demonstration project here to use wind turbines to produce hydrogen, touted as the environmentally friendly fuel of the future. A pair of giant wind turbines installed two years ago already generates 20-35% of the electricity used by this town of 12,000, located in Santa Cruz province. Another pair of windmills is scheduled to be erected... [Log in to read more]

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