The final step in the project, set for the next decade, is the development of an electrolyzer plant that will convert wind energy into carbon-free green hydrogen. That hydrogen can then be stored for long periods of time, transported by truck, ship or pipeline, and burned in hydrogen-capable turbines to generate electricity.
“Converting that wind into green hydrogen could move Ireland to energy independence in a reasonable time frame,” says Dollard. “We’ve already identified three sites along the coast of Ireland as areas for the development of green hydrogen storage capability off the Irish coast. Ireland could have significant large-scale storage, assuring a security of supply and even allowing the country to become a net exporter of energy.”
Ireland, of course, is not the only country that has high wind energy capacities. China, the USA, India, even Germany and Spain could all potentially make great strides over the next decades with a similar combination of synchronous condensers, renewable integration and electrolyzer plants. In the meantime, the project is making the Moneypoint Power Station once again a cornerstone of Ireland’s electricity.