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Self-Excited Induction Generator (SEIG) for optimized hydrogen fuel production from multi-turbine windplants

Alaska Applied Sciences, Inc. (AASI), AK, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

The robust, inexpensive induction motor may be operated as a self-excited autonomous generator, producing wild AC, rectified to wild DC, to drive an electrolysis plant. This eliminates the costly grid connection a power quality requirements: total energy production is delivered as hydrogen fuel for transportation and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) regeneration.

Primary Application Area: Energy & Efficiency

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Lower long-term cost of hydrogen fuel, delivered to end users, from wind turbines and other renewable energy sources employing rotating generators, relative to hydrogen fuel produced from prevailing generation systems, transported and stored and delivered by electricity systems.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Corporation

Showcase Booth #: 34T

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Our company, Alaska Applied Sciences, Inc. (AASI) is partnering with NREL and San Jose State University to apply for ARPA-E funding under the 2015 "OPEN" FOA to design and demonstrate novel, transformative, and disruptive technologies in a demonstration system on AASI's existing 13-turbine, stranded windplant in Palm Springs, CA. The ARPA-E concept paper is due 27 Feb 15.

Primary Sources of Funding: Corporate Venture Capital, Federal Grant, University, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners