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Hydrogen generator to provide power for wind energy project in Newfoundland and Labrador

Algona, IA -- Hydrogen Engine Center Inc., a developer of systems and processes used in the design, manufacture and...


September 3, 2008
By MRO Magazine


Algona, IA — Hydrogen Engine Center Inc., a developer of systems and processes used in the design, manufacture and distribution of alternative fuel internal combustion engines, engine controls and generator systems, has received a purchase order from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for additional work for grid integration of the 250kW 4+1TM Oxx Power hydrogen generator for Hydro’s Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel energy project in the remote community of Ramea in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ramea is the site of a five-year research and development project for an isolated wind-hydrogen-diesel generation system, among the first of its kind in the world. This project is focused on developing an environmentally-friendly energy solution to be used in small, isolated electrical distribution systems. The project builds on the existing, successful wind-diesel system that has been operating in Ramea since 2004.

“Hydrogen Engine Center is looking forward to the collaborative effort with Hydro to connect this hydrogen-fueled power generation system to the Ramea Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel energy project,” said Ted Hollinger, president and CEO. “The completion and installation of this unit will prove a concept that I have believed in for years — namely that we really can produce our own ‘clean’ power from the natural energy that surrounds us. This is an environmentally clean and economically viable solution.”

This highly scalable 250kW Oxx Power generator unit, when completed and installed, is being designed as an integral part of large-scale power generation systems. By integrating wind-based energy with the Oxx Power generator system, Hydrogen Engine Center plans to bring on-line a sustainable solution that extends the reach of wind energy, reduces dependence on foreign oil and introduces carbon-free technology.


During slack wind conditions, hydrogen, which is produced by water electrolysis when the wind is blowing, will be used to fuel the 4+1TM power generation system, thereby extending the use of wind energy sources.

The 4+1TM generator was part of Hydrogen Engine Center’s contract to deliver the generator system to Natural Resources Canada, which subsequently loaned the generator system to Hydro for integration into its Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel energy project. The generator system was successfully tested in Canada for several months, generating power by burning non-polluting hydrogen fuel. The generator system is controlled by Oxx Boxx technology, whereby four engines run in parallel while one is always in reserve. This design maximizes both output and reliability, to become a key part of extending the use of both wind power and the power grid.

Headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Hydro is a Crown corporation with a mandate to deliver safe, reliable, least-cost energy to industrial, utility and residential customers in Newfoundland and Labrador. The company supplies over 80% of the province’s electrical energy, and has expanded its operations into oil and gas, wind generation, and research and development. Hydro, with its subsidiaries, is the fourth largest power utility in Canada, with over 7,300 MW of installed generating capacity. For more information, visit