Ground Broken at ITM Power Power-to-Gas Pilot Plant in Frankfurt
09 Jul 2013
Ground has been broken at the construction site for ITM Power’s power-to-gas project with the Thüga Group. The 360 kW plant, located in Frankfurt, is due to come online and be injecting gas by the end of the year and will run for three years, during which time thirteen Thüga partners will test the system.
“Frankfurt was chosen because the infrastructure to connect an electrolysis plant was already available,” says Michael Riechel, member of the Thüga Aktiengesellschaft Management Board. In addition, the minimum gas sales in the region necessary for operation are guaranteed even in the summer months when consumption is low. The project partners selected a PEM system over an alkaline one as they consider the use of a water operating medium more environmentally friendly than the potassium hydroxide medium used in alkaline systems.
“I am delighted that this innovative facility will be built in the state of Hesse. It will be an important contribution in the area of research and development of storage technologies,” emphasised the Environment Minister for Hesse, Lucia Puttrich.
The plant will produce around 60 cubic metres of hydrogen per hour and feed 3,000 cubic metres of natural gas enriched with hydrogen into the grid per hour. An expansion of the pilot plant is planned from 2016 facilitating the full conversion of the hydrogen produced into methane to be directly injected into the natural gas grid.
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