Hydrogen for energy storage in Antarctica – lessons learnt on the technical issues of generation, storage and use
Energy for electricity generation is a very precious resource in Antarctica. The cost of transport of non-renewable fuels to Antarctica is very high and due to continue rising. Reliable renewable energy sources are generally limited to just solar and wind power, each of which has limitations from lack of availability in winter (solar) and difficulty in storing the excess energy and unpredictability (wind). One alternative for the storage of excess wind energy is the conversion of the excess electrical energy to hydrogen by electrolysis. Our presentation will detail the background, technical challenges and results of trialing the use of wind sourced hydrogen for heating and electrical energy both in the field on a remote Antarctic Island, and in an established Antarctic station context.
Session Category : Sustained Measurements