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There are already designs on the drawing board to make very efficient versions of H2, including ammonia, directly from offshore wind, because we find the wind and the water together.  if the delivery technologies, like fuel cells or direct IC engines, progress as planned, wind will deliver the higher density H2.

The first versions of floating wind-powered hydrogen ships that i saw were in '74.  i believe that was 1974.  the technology has progressed some since then.  The idea is to combine a floating foundation with the necessary desalinization and H2 production stages rather than shipping the electricity back onshore, since the water is already there.

Floating also means it works outside the North Sea, like in Japan or Argentina.  it could even be done in Patagonia, which has by far the most concentrated wind resource in the world, and shipped as various products just like crude.

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by Crazy Horse on Tue Sep 22nd, 2009 at 06:07:55 PM EST
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