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Hydrogenics’ Electrolyzer Helps Power Stuttgart

October 19, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

hydrogenicsHydrogenics Corporation said this week that its 1.5 MW PEM electrolyzer energy storage system has been incorporated into E.ON’s site in Hamburg, Germany. The system will help power the natural gas grid of the city.

The Hydrogenics electrolyzer system produces green hydrogen by using surplus renewable energy, mostly from wind resources. This power-to-gas system enables energy to be stored as hydrogen and delivered to over the natural gas grid to consumers. E.ON adopts electrolysis for megawatt-scale energy storage, according to Hydrogenics.

The system, which the company says is “highly efficient,” can store as much as 36MWh per day of renewable energy and is rated at 1.5 MW of continuous power.

Last year, Germany got 28 percent of its electricity from renewables. The goal is to raise that to 33 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. To do so, it must develop technologies to integrate and store multiple gigawatt hours of energy.

At the International Trade Fair World of Energy Solutions last week in Stuttgart, Germany, Hydrogenics announced that it is joining the H2FLY consortium, which aims to develop a zero-emission four-seat aircraft. The other participating companies are DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, the University of Ulm, aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel, and the airport in Stuttgart, according to Hydrogenics.

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