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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 07:08 PM

Orlando utility to launch $9 million hydrogen system and more than double solar energy


Orlando Utilities Commission will install a hydrogen system that uses electricity from its solar plants, such the floating solar system at OUC's Gardenia Center, to extract hydrogen from water that can later be used to generate electricity or power equipment. (Kevin Spear / Orlando Sentinel)


Orlando utility to launch $9 million hydrogen system and more than double solar energy

Orlando Sentinel | Kevin Spear | 10/7/19

Orlando’s electric utility is poised to develop a nation-leading, hydrogen system for generating electricity and, in a related, green-energy initiative, more than double its reliance on solar power.

The hydrogen system, including machinery to produce, store and utilize the gas to make electricity, is being financed by several partners, including the U.S. Department of Energy with a $4 million grant, for a total investment of cash, material and time worth $9 million.

The Orlando Utility Commission’s solar-energy expansion would entail two sites of 500 to 600 acres each in Osceola County. Each plant would be capable of producing as much as 74.5 megawatts of electricity, or enough to meet the demand of about 13,500 homes.

As is typical with publicly owned utilities, the two solar plants would be privately owned, with OUC purchasing a guaranteed amount of electricity for 20 years estimated to cost more than $200 million. Rates would not change because of the new solar plants, utility officials said...snip

...The hydrogen system would perform somewhat like a battery, supplying OUC’s power grid with electricity when output from solar plants drops off because of clouds or sunset.

The key difference, according to OUC officials, would be that a hydrogen system might be able to supply electricity on a scale of weeks rather than hours as with batteries...more: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-ne-orlando-utility-hydrogen-solar-20191007-jajdl3upuneorakhz4imd624pe-story.html

And so Hydrogen comes now to North American Utilities

What took so long? Europe is way ahead. Better late than never though.



"The key difference, according to OUC officials, would be that a hydrogen system might be able to supply electricity on a scale of weeks rather than hours as with batteries."

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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 07:13 PM

1. but how much does it cost?

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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:33 PM

2. waste of taxpayer money

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Tue Oct 8, 2019, 02:51 PM

3. If the government gave me 4 million dollars

I'd install some solar cells too.

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