Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that the largest Power to Gas facility in the world went “live” this week 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, located in Falkenhagen in northeast Germany, 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 (ONTRAS). 

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.

About Energy Storage in Germany

Germany is a key energy storage player in Europe thanks to its leading position in terms of installed capacity of fluctuating renewables. In 2011, generation from renewable sources in Germany accounted for 20% of total electricity generation.

If Germany is to meet its ambitious goals of getting a third of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020, at least 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, it must find a way to store huge quantities of electricity in order to make up for the intermittency of renewable energy. The intermittency of wind and solar will make it almost impossible for German electric utilities to provide clean, affordable, and reliable power to industry and consumers, at the high levels of penetration by intermittent renewables that Germany is trying to achieve.

Utility-scale energy storage will be a key part of this future German energy plan. According to the German Energy Agency (DENA), investments in the two-digit billion range will be required if Germany intends to meet its stated objective of getting a third of its electricity consumption from renewable resources in 2020.

About Hydrogenics

Hydrogenics Corporation is a globally recognised developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products and services, serving the growing industrial and clean energy markets of today and tomorrow. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has operations in North America and Europe.