A manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products says it has been selected by the City of Herten, Germany to store hydrogen generated from wind power. Herten is a major German hydrogen cluster for electro-mobility as well as renewable energy projects.
Renewable wind energy is a good source of power for communities to offset the demand traditionally served by electricity from fossil fuels. Wind energy also has significant potential as part of Germany’s commitment to phase out nuclear power by 2020. By incorporating hydrogen energy storage, excess wind power can be stored and redeployed when the wind is not blowing, ultimately supplying a greater percentage of the community’s overall power requirements with improved stability and reliability.
To meet the project requirements, Hydrogenics will provide one HySTAT 30 hydrogen generation unit and a HyPM 50 kW fuel cell power system to Herten in 2012. This combination will demonstrate the advantage of hydrogen with its ability to scale and store significant amounts of energy for long periods with negligible loss. From storage, the energy will be redeployed through fuel cells as electricity to the grid, or as fuel for zero emission vehicles and other devices, such as industrial equipment.
Electrolyzing water into hydrogen using excess intermittent renewable energy is the optimal clean pathway to smart-grid stabilization and energy storage. It has real advantages over alternative energy storage solutions,” said Hydrogenics CEO Daryl Wilson.
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