Power2Gas – energy system of the future

Power2Gas – energy system of the future

A broad energy consortium has been studying the possibilities Power2Gas can offer to our energy system. To finalise the research project Energy Valley together with Topconsortia Knowledge and Innovation Gas (TKI Gas) have organised a workshop during the latest Energy Convention in Groningen. On the 18th of November 100 guests from predominantly the business community came to Martini Plaza in Groningen to hear about the role of Power2Gas in the future Dutch energy system.

This high level study focuses on the future role of Power2Gas. The workshop also addressed future opportunities and challenges for Power2Gas as a system technology. Power2Gas (often abbreviated P2G) is a technology that converts electrical power to a gaseous fuel. It uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen by means of electrolysis.

Transport and industry
Two projects will likely be realised in 2016: Delfzijl and Attero Wijster. In Delfzijl Torrgas, Siemens, Stedin, Gasunie, A.Hak, Hanzehogeschool/EnTranCe, Groningen Seaports and Energy Valley intent to construct a 12 Megawatt Power2Gas facility in Delfzijl (The Netherlands). Here syngas from the Torrgas biocoal-gasifier will be upgraded with hydrogen from electrolysis and delivered to nearby industrial consumers. Attero expects to realize a P2G installation in cooperation with PON and Audi and focuses on the production of SNG for mobility.

Largest installation
By using this sustainably produced www.custom-papers-online.com syngas a large step forward has been taken to make the chemical industry more sustainable. Besides this, Power2Gas-technology can be used as a solution for any temporary surplus from wind and solar energy. The installations that are being built in the Energy Valley region are not only the first in the Netherlands, but also the largest of their kind – considerably bigger than existing Power2Gas initiatives in Germany for example.

Knowledge and experience
The Delfzijl project is unique in its use of oxygen from electrolyses in the gasification process of Torrgas. In most other Power2Gas-projects sustainable oxygen is not being used. The Power2Gas installation in Delfzijl presents a significant advancement in research into this scaling process and will offer the Netherlands and the Northern Provinces important knowledge about and experience in the total integration of the Power2Gas concept in industry and the national power supply.

Storage of sustainable energy
With the rise of solar and wind energy, with a variable output , there is a need to balance and manage the supply and demand of energy. By the transfer to hydrogen and eventually green gas, green energy can be stored in the gas infrastructure where it will find its way to users.

This way the gas infrastructure will be used as a huge storage medium and help to ensure that all energy, which can be produced with sustainable solar panels and wind turbines is actually being used.

Power to Gas in the Energy Valley
Energy Valley sees many opportunities for Power2Gas in the region. There is a growing need for links between Power2Gas concepts and the production of sustainable energy from wind turbines, solar energy and biomass. The electrical energy can be transformed to hydrogen-gas and oxygen-gas. This sustainable hydrogen can be used directly in the industry or in mobility (for example buses that drive on hydrogen). In the Energy Valley region these concepts can be demonstrated and realized very well in industry parks such as Chemiepark Delfzijl and the Energietransitiepark Midden-Drenthe.

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