ITM Power has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) to undertake a multi-MW Power-to-Gas (P2G) feasibility study for the Massachusetts region.

The study will assess the potential for P2G energy storage and hydrogen (H2) fuel for the Massachusetts region in collaboration with Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), a local gas and electricity utility. It will also determine the technical and economic feasibility for P2G and H2 fuel derived from renewable energy sources.

The project is due to commence in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.

In December 2016 The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by 1st January 1 2020.

Steve Jones, Managing Director of ITM Power, commented, “ITM Power’s technology is available today at the multi-MW level for utility customers. We are excited to be working with Holyoke Gas and Electric on this project. The North East of the US has recently seen growth in energy storage deployments and has been identified as one of the next regions outside California for the roll out of fuel cell electric vehicles. Managing renewables is about harvesting and utilising the maximum amount of energy possible. Generating green H2 for energy storage and vehicle fuel is a perfect way to achieve this.”