The German energy companies Amprion and Open Grid Europe (OGE) applied for the construction of the first major hydrogen plant for converting wind energy into alternative fuels that are easier to store and transport.
The hybrid enterprise with a capacity of 100 MW is planned to be launched by 2023 in the city of Lingen. Production will be based on energy-gas technology (POWER-TO-GAS), which provides for hydrogen by electrolysis of water with the possibility of subsequent chemical transformation into methane, which can also be used as fuel. Next, the gases will be transferred to filling stations, gas pipelines or underground storage facilities.
The project is implemented within the framework of the National Program on the transition to the renewable energy of the wind and the Sun, which by 2030 should accounted for 65% of the total electricity production in the country. The refusal to carbon and nuclear fuel is a greater problem for the German energy system, so huge efforts are sent to the achievement of total power companies in 1 GW for the specified period.
If the German Federal Network Agency approves an application for construction, then compensate for about € 150 million investment costs. These funds are laid in electricity bills paid by consumers.
Germany has long been experimenting with PTG technology and there are about 40 pilot projects in the country, but the capacity of the largest of them is still only 6 MW. The construction of a new plant will also preserve the network of Oge pipelines going to the Rour region, which are upgraded to transfer hydrogen.
German metallurgists also began to prepare for future changes. THYSSEN-KRUPP already