The objective of this study has been to determine the current technology of a wind-energy conversion system (WECS) of minimal cost for rural applications. Specifically, IGT has evaluated available methods for converting shaft horse-power from a wind turbine to electricity and hydrogen. A workable mix of these two energy forms with storage that can support the energy needs of selected farming operations and the rural home was sought.
Energy load patterns of several farming operations were examined for interfacing with the energy storage and delivery systems that are supplied by wind turbines dependent on the prevalent winds. Several preliminary designs have been completed so that a follow-up program for developing detailed designs and demonstration units can be implemented if desired.
United States Department of Energy, "Wind-Powered Hydrogen Electric Systems for Farm and Rural Use, Final Report" (1976). Agriculture. Paper 3.