Hydrogenics Corporation, a manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products has won a contract to deliver and install a 1MW HySTAT® electrolyser in an industrial scale renewable energy storage project.
The new facility, named RH2-WKA, will be the largest of its kind in Germany and will have the capacity to store up to 27 MWh of energy as hydrogen. Located IN Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northern Germany, the site will benefit from favourable winds.
Project owner of the wind-hydrogen system is German based WIND-projekt GmbH, a European turn-key provider and operator of wind energy parks and stand-alone plants. To date WIND-projekt has delivered just under 300 MW of installed wind energy generation onshore and has received building permission for approximately 1 MW offshore.
The electrolyser purchase has been funded by the German Nationale Innovationsprogramm fr Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie (NIP).
Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics shared his thoughts on the deal. He said, “The electrolysis of water into hydrogen using excess energy from wind and solar sources is the optimal pathway to increase the renewable content in our energy system mix.”
"For a renewable energy project of this scale, WIND-projeckt's choice of a hydrogen technology storage solution is great validation for this capability. It tells us that Hydrogenics' long-standing dedication to this market opportunity has been well-placed."
Power to operate the electrolyzer, including an integrated compressor to store hydrogen at elevated pressure, will be provided by WIND-projekt's newly installed 140 MW wind farm, harvesting wind energy from an array of 7.5 MW wind turbines. By incorporating hydrogen generation and storage in the system design, the wind's fluctuating energy is balanced. At the same time energy can be stored for long periods of time.
According to Hydrogenics the benefits of this are clear: For end-users this ensures a supply of high quality, reliable power from renewable energy sources.