EPA Science Inventory

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF METHANOL FROM COMBINED WIND TURBINE AND FUEL CELL POWER

Citation:

Spiegel*, R J. SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF METHANOL FROM COMBINED WIND TURBINE AND FUEL CELL POWER. WIND ENGINEERING. Multi-Science Publishing Co Ltd, 27(2):121-134, (2003).

Description:

The paper examines an integrated use of ultra-clean wind turbines and high temperature fuel cells to produce methanol, especially for transportation purposes. The principal utility and application of the process is the production of transportation fuel from domestic resources to displace petroleum imports; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and convert wind power and fuel cell energy, including waste heat and exhaust gas (CO2), into Clean liquid fuel (methanol) that is compatible with future vehicle technology based on fuel cells. Potential designs are presented and assessed for methanol yield, production cost, and emissions reductions. Results show that this process can produce significant amounts of vehicle fuel comparable to what is annually consumed in the U.S. (approximately 19 EJ), can minimize emissions, is potentially cost competitive with other technologies that produce methanol, and is compatible with the requirements of a new generation of vehicles based on fuel cells.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 07/01/2003
Completion Date: 07/01/2003
Record Last Revised: 12/22/2005
Record Created: 09/26/2003
Record Released: 09/26/2003
Record ID: 65789

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

ATMOSPHERIC PROTECTION BRANCH