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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Gas test generates union of power

HYDROGEN may be used to power remote islands off Tasmania and Japan, thanks to a groundbreaking partnership between University of Tasmania and Japanese researchers.
A delegation of 18 representatives from the Japanese Cogeneration Centre were [WAS?-- sic} in Hobart yesterday to tour the university's hydrogen research labs and discuss future collaborations.

Using the university's expertise with hydrogen and internal combustion engines, UTAS and Hydro Tasmania are set to test a hydrogen-assisted wind power system on Cape Barren Island.

Any excess power generated on windy days will be used to break water down into oxygen and hydrogen, with the hydrogen then stored and used to fuel a generator on calm days. A similar test is under way in Japan.

Uni Vice-Chancellor Prof Daryl Le Grew said there was much interest in the UTAS research in Japan, which depends primarily on imports for its energy supply.

http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,16528877%5E3462,00.html

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