German project a boost for energy storage

E.ON (FWB: EOAN) has inaugurated commercial operations at its Power-to-Gas (P2G) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany, an initiative that could be crucial in developing energy storage.

The plant uses wind power and Hydrogenics Corporation’s electrolysis equipment to transform water into hydrogen, which is then injected into the existing regional natural gas transmission system.
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Hydrogenics role in the project included supply, installation, connection and commissioning of the hydrogen production facility including gas compression, master controls, as well as a five year service and maintenance agreement.

The hydrogen, as part of the natural gas mix, can be used in a variety of applications including space heating and power generation. The facility, which has a capacity of 2 MW produces 360 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour.

"This project makes E.ON one of the first companies to demonstrate that surplus energy can be stored in the gas pipeline system in order to help balance supply against demand," said Dr. Ingo Luge, CEO of E.ON Deutschland. "This method of energy storage is considered a key technology for the transformation of Germany's energy system. It will reduce the need to take wind turbines offline when the local grid is congested and will therefore enable us to harness more wind power."

“One of the biggest challenges of transforming Germany's energy system is finding ways to integrate the increasing share of intermittent, renewable-source energy," said German minister Philip Rosler. "To ensure that Germany's power system remains stable and that our economy continues to have the energy it needs, we not only have to rapidly expand energy networks but also require innovative solutions like the P2G unit here in Falkenhagen."

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