McPhy Energy Joins GRHYD Wind to Hydrogen Energy Storage Project

28 Nov 2012

McPhy Energy

McPhy Energy, has announced it is a member of the GRHYD project launched by GDF Suez Gas and New Energies Research and Innovation Centre (CRIGEN).

Composed of about 10 French partners, the aim of the project is to offer a flexible solution combining electricity and hydrogen gas energy management. A local district will take part in a 5-year experiment based on injection of hydrogen produced from renewable energies into the natural gas network. A second experiment will be conducted at the same time to test Hythane© in vehicles running on vehicle natural gas. McPhy Energy will provide its expertise in hydrogen storage solutions.

The objective of the GRHYD project is to promote the production of green energy, especially that produced by wind turbines, whose output can vary considerably and is dependent on weather conditions. In some instances supply can exceed demand and saturate the grid; in these cases the wind farms are generally shut down, resulting in a considerable loss of clean energy for France. By using the gas network to store this electricity surplus, GDF Suez and its partners gain a foothold on this promising sector by providing an efficient response to this difficulty. They also plan to comply with European directive 2009/28/C, which sets France the target of a 23% share of renewable energies in its overall gross energy consumption by 2020.

Known as "Power to Gas", this system has already been adopted in Germany and the United States. It offers numerous advantages: promotion of renewable energies, use of an existing infrastructure (the gas network) and production of electricity on demand.

Source: McPhy Energy

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