McPhy Energy has signed a €6.4m contract to supply a Wind to Hydrogen (Power to Gas) system for the recovery of surplus energy generated by a 200mW wind farm site currently under construction in the Hebei province of China.

The customer, Jiantou Yanshan (Guyuan) Wind Energy, is a member of state-owned Hebei Construction and Investment Group Co., Ltd of the Hebei province with whom McPhy Energy previously signed a long-term partnership agreement.

This supply agreement represents the first concrete outcome of this partnership. It is subject to administrative authorisations that must be granted to the construction company before the end of July. Delivery is scheduled for July 2016 with the equipment to be commissioned in January 2017.

The Chinese province of Hebei is pioneering in China to embark on technologies related to a clean energy generation based on renewable technologies and their integration into both the existing and future energy network.

In October 2013, a Chinese delegation was led by the Secretary of the province, Mr. Zhou Benshun, to explore the best practice examples of new and clean technologies being developed in Brandenburg (Germany).

The State of Brandenburg and the province of Hebei have a joint development agreement for renewable energies, environmental protection and other fields of technology. Within this framework, Hebei intends to build a hydrogen hybrid power plant, similar to the one in Prenzlau, to demonstrate the economic viability of hydrogen in the path for renewable energy integration. A letter of intent (LOI) between Hebei Construction and Investment Group, the German based subsidiary of McPhy Energy and the environmental consultancy company Encon Europe has accordingly been signed.

The electrolyser of the Prenzlau power plant was built by a division of Enertrag, acquired by McPhy Energy in September 2013. Through its expertise in electrolysis technology combined with expertise developed in integrating it into energy infrastructures such as electrical or natural gas networks, McPhy Energy subsequently modified and adapted the existing Prenzlau hybrid power plant and built the interface to the network’s gas injection system.

As the first concrete deliverable for this partnership, McPhy Energy will provide two production lines and hydrogen storage, each consisting of:

  • a 2 MW McLyzer electrolyser, the latest addition to the McPhy Energy range, delivering hydrogen at pressure of 30 bar;
  • a transportable solid state hydrogen storage unit used in conjunction with traditional tanks to store and transport hydrogen.

“I am delighted that McPhy Energy was selected by the Hebei region to produce this system. This province is a model in China for renewable energy development. This wind to hydrogen project is by far the most important ever carried out to date in China, with installed renewable energy production capacity exceeding 200 GW. Entering this market at the very time Chinese authorities are seeking to optimize their solar and wind power generation sites represents an enormous opportunity for McPhy Energy,” concluded Pascal Mauberger, McPhy Energy’s Chairman and CEO.