Hydrogenics Wins Order from E.ON for Power-to-Gas Energy Storage Project in Germany

01 Jun 2012

Hydrogenics Power to Gas

Hydrogenics Corporation has announced that it has received an order from E.ON for a 'power-to-gas' project in Germany. The 2 MW energy storage facility, to be located in Falkenhagen in northeast Germany, will use surplus renewable energy sources to produce hydrogen for storage in the country's existing natural gas pipeline network.

Power-to-gas is a novel way to store energy at utility scale, whereby surplus electrical grid power is converted into hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas produced from the Falkenhagen plant, expected to be online in 2013, will be injected into the regional natural gas pipeline, making the natural gas pipeline network a storage system for surplus electrical power generated from renewable resources. While the amount of hydrogen injection is relatively small as a percentage of total pipeline capacity, these small quantities of hydrogen represent significant energy storage capacity and electrical grid support flexibility.

The E.ON project is a turnkey contract, which means Hydrogenics will provide a range of services to build the power-to-gas project, including supply, installation, connection and commissioning of the hydrogen production facility, plus gas compression, master controls, as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement.

The full press release can be found here.

About energy storage in Germany

Germany is a key energy storage player in Europe thanks to its leading position in terms of installed capacity of fluctuating renewables. In 2011, generation from renewable sources in Germany accounted for 20% of total electricity generation. If Germany is to meet its ambitious goals of getting a third of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020, at least 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, it must find a way to store huge quantities of electricity in order to make up for the intermittency of renewable energy. Utility-scale energy storage will be a key part of this future German energy plan. According to the German Energy Agency, investments in the two-digit billion range will be required if Germany intends to meet its stated objective of getting a third of its electricity consumption from renewable resources in 2020.

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