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Flagship projects of the funding initiative

Wind to hydrogen

For the long-term storage of large amounts of electrical energy, it makes sense to use material storage systems, such as hydrogen or methane, after a chemical conversion. These can be used for reconversion or to support the public gas supply. In addition, the gases are also valuable elements for the chemical industry.

Physical Storage | BMWi
Elektrolysis 12.4.2017

Hydrogen production in the megawatt-scale

In the P2G electrolysis project, researchers worked on developing and testing an optimised H2 generation plant prototype based on alkaline electrolysis technology in the 300 kWel class. Based on the currently available AEL technology, it is intended to exploit the development potential technically necessary for the entire plant and prepare the upscaling to the lower megawatt class. ... more

Physical Storage | BMWi
Power-to-Gas 12.4.2017

Gas and fuel from wind

Can wind be stored? Siemens, Linde, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences and the Mainz municipal utility company want to enable that during periods with no wind at “Energiepark Mainz” (Mainz Energy Park). For this purpose the researchers are producing hydrogen from wind energy. From 2015, it is intended to produce hydrogen using a Power-to-Gas plant at the newly developed Mainz Energy Park. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Wind-hyrogen systems 12.4.2017

Temporarily store excess wind in hydrogen

How can surplus wind energy be stored efficiently in the form of hydrogen in a large scale? Scientists consider the value chain from a technical and economic point of view in the project WESpe. The Analysis includes electrolysis, underground storage facilities and the connection to gas grids. ... more

Physical Storage | BMWi
ENABEL: PEM electrolyser 12.4.2017

Power gap filler in the megawatt class

In the project "Stromlückenfüller" Researchers investigate a power-to-gas-to-power concept. The aim is to buffer excess solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen. For the conversion, the researchers are developing a PEM electrolyzer stack for a rated input power of one megawatt. The electrolyzer combines with a hydrogen storage and biogas technology giving an efficient storage system. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Cavern storage 12.4.2017

Using salt caverns throughout Germany

Which salt formations are suitable for storing hydrogen or compressed air? In the InSpEE-DS research project, scientists are developing criteria that enable locations to be assessed even if the exploration is still at an early stage. Compared with the previous InSpEE project, the researchers have now widened their investigations to cover all of Germany and also special salt formations... more

Physical Storage | BMBF
Sea water electrolysis 10.4.2017

Hydrogen from the sea

Scientists of Berlins Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität explore catalytic systems for hydrogen electrolysis directly from seawater. The non-precious metal catalysts should be inexpensive to produce. They make it possible to store renewable energy as hydrogen even at sites with water shortage. This option could be used for offshore wind farms or solar thermal power plants. ... more

Physical Storage | BMBF
Synthesis 3.4.2017

Synthesising methane cost-effectively

In the Katmethan project scientists want to find new peptide-based catalysts for low-cost synthesis of methane. The chances of success are uncertain due to lack of data. The efficiency depends primarily on the achievable efficiency of the catalytic reaction, the catalyst cost per unit and the stability of the catalysts. ... more

Physical Storage | BMBF
Analysis 27.3.2017

Store hydrogen in natural gas deposits

Can hydrogen be stored for longer in the underground of natural gas fields? Researchers evaluated as a part of the project H2STORE geohydraulic, mineralogical, geochemical and biogenic interactions in underground storage of hydrogen in depleted natural gas deposits. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMBF
Analysis 21.3.2017

Power Supply and Storage Demand in 2050

RESTORE 2050 was primarily concerned with the European power supply network of the future. Amongst other aspects, it was investigated the importance of the extension of the transmission network, storage and methods of load management for a reliable power supply based on weather dependent renewable energy sources. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Hydrogen electrolysis 3.3.2017

Green H2: Producing low cost and load-flexible hydrogen

Innovative electrodes improve hydrogen electrolysis for a wide output range. With their laser-etched surface structures, they are durable and have lower losses at different loads. As a result, the electrodes are particularly good at using the fluctuating supply of excess wind electricity. If upscaled, the structured electrodes can also be used in industrial applications. ... more

Supported by: The Federal Government on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag


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