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Maine town could be test site for hydrogen energy

March 10, 2010

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YARMOUTH, Maine—The town of Yarmouth could become the test site for an inventor's proposal for a commercially viable way to extract hydrogen gas from water.

Hydrogen can be used as a clean source of energy, but the production of industrial quantities of the gas requires large amounts of fossil fuels.

The Portland Press Herald says the pilot project would use effluent from the Yarmouth wastewater treatment plant and hydroelectricity from the Royal River to extract hydrogen from water. The gas could then be used to power the plant and perhaps other town buildings.

Ronny Bar-Gadda of Genesys LLC of San Jose, Calif., says Maine's small population and interest in energy independence and climate-change issues make it an appealing laboratory.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com