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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

Wind-Hydrogen Power Plants — Barriers and Opportunities


Mike Michaud
VP Engineering Juhl WInd Inc.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
3:30 p.m. Reception
4:00 p.m. Seminar

401/402 Walter Library

MichaudInnovation in wind energy conversion systems and hydrogen usage in power generation technologies has been moving forward on independent trajectories. The individual components needed to assemble a Wind/Hydrogen Power Plant have reached a fairly mature stage of technological development. Yet at this time there has been no significant deployment of megawatt scale Wind Hydrogen Power Plants. This presentation will examine the issues and opportunities surrounding what is necessary to realize economic and societal value from deployment of these types of systems in Minnesota.


Mr. Michaud has a diverse and extensive background in engineering and public policy regarding renewable energy, generation interconnection, transmission planning, distributed energy policy, and industrial power systems. He has worked as Vice President of Engineering for Juhl Wind, Inc. since October 2008. He has been involved with technical and contractual issues in developing and building megawatt scale Community Owned wind energy projects. He was an independent consultant from 2003-2008. During this time he participated on behalf of wind industry interests in FERC Interconnection Rulemaking dockets. He was a member of the Technical Review Committee for the Minnesota Wind Integration Study and the Minnesota Department of Commerce Dispersed Renewable Generation Phase I Study. From 1990-2003 he worked on energy policy issues for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. He helped develop state technical interconnection standards for wind and other distributed generation resources. Prior to state service, Mr. Michaud accumulated fifteen years of experience in industrial power systems as an engineer in the Paper Industry. In 2005 he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Science and Technology Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Policy Institute, University of Minnesota. His Master's Thesis topic was on "Present and Future Economics of Distributed Wind/Hydrogen Power Plants." He also obtained a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from the Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota.