Hydrogenics to Showcase Hydrogen Energy Storage Solution to Global Defence Experts

23 Jul 2012

Hydrogenics Corporation's 'power-to-gas' energy storage solution has been selected as one of the top-ten winners of the 2012 Defense Energy Technology Challenge (DETC). It was selected from a field of over 250 global applicants across the full energy spectrum.  

Power-to-gas refers to the generation of hydrogen by water electrolysis driven by renewable power. The introduction of renewable solar or wind energy in a power system results in fluctuations that destabilise the grid. Generation and storage of hydrogen balances these fluctuations and allows energy to be stored for long periods of time. The hydrogen can be used in stationary fuel cell power plants to generate electricity for the grid again when needed, or can be used as a clean transportation fuel when deployment of fuel cell vehicles becomes widespread.

"The electrolysis of water into hydrogen using excess energy from wind and solar sources is the optimal pathway to increase the renewable content in our energy system mix, which is becoming an increasing priority for energy security all over the world, including the United States," said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics, which is headquartered in Canada and manufactures and sells a range of electrolyser and fuel cell products

For the DETC award, power-to-gas was chosen as a promising military-related technology by the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), in partnership with Arsenal Venture Partners and TechConnect. Hydrogenics now has the opportunity to attend the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit (APCES) in Honolulu in August to pitch its Power to Gas solution to US Department of Defense partners, as well as energy industry professionals, investors, utilities, and corporate strategic groups. APCES is a forum that brings together industry and government energy leaders to exchange ideas, showcase technology companies, and build partnerships to solve critical energy problems.

Reference: Hydrogenics

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