Editor’s note: This news is significant because it shows a way to convert, store, and use surplus power, whether from wind and solar, or another source.
Hydrogenics Corp., a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, announced that the largest Power-to-Gas facility in the world recently went “live” with the first direct injection of hydrogen into a gas pipeline using Hydrogenics technology.
Last year, Hydrogenics received an order from E.ON for a “Power-to-Gas” project in Germany. The two megawatt energy storage facility uses surplus renewable energy sources to produce hydrogen for storage in the country’s existing natural gas pipeline network. The facility, delivered at the end of 2012 and commissioned over the first quarter of 2013 has passed all tests and all required permits and certifications have now been granted for the operation of this facility. Dr. Urban Keussen, Senior Vice President Technology & Innovation of E.ON, witnessed the milestone event this week.
This Power to Gas facility converts renewable generation when it is not needed into renewable power, fuel, or heat where and when it is needed. With this facility now in full operation E.ON Gas Storage is feeding 640 m3 per hour into the local natural gas grid.
For Hydrogenics this has been a turnkey Power-to-Gas project which 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.
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