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New project aims to build industrial-scale power-to-gas installation

Initiative could lead to the production of large volumes of renewable gas, such as LNG.



Electricity: Industrial-scale power-to-gas (P2G) installation would convert electrical power into hydrogen. Image credit: Pixabay CC0


Updated on 24 Apr 2018 17:24 GMT

Eoly, Fluxys and Parkwind have teamed up to work on a project that aims to construct an industrial-scale power-to-gas (P2G) installation that converts electricity into green hydrogen.

The objective is to build a P2G facility that can convert several megawatts of electricity into hydrogen which can be marketed as carbon-free fuel or feedstock and transported and stored in the existing natural gas infrastructure.

Unlike demonstration projects elsewhere in Europe, the three partners envisage the development of one of the first industrial-scale P2G facilities.

Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys, said: "Our aim with this project is to unlock green gas as an additional renewable energy source alongside wind and sun, making our infrastructure an instrument for greening natural gas."

Compensating for fluctuations in renewable energy generation

Renewable energies like solar and wind trigger variability in electricity production. As renewable power generation continue to expand in the future, increasing variability is set to become a key challenge.

The partners will explore the possibilities with the P2G installation to offset the variability of power generation through (offshore) wind energy and provide support services to the power grid. This way, the installation will constitute a link, optimizing how the gas and power systems complement and reinforce each other.

Reduce carbon output of transport, heating and industrial processes

Green hydrogen can be transported and stored in the existing natural gas infrastructure and in this way reduces the carbon output of natural gas as energy for heating, transport and industry.

Moreover, green hydrogen can also be used as carbon-free energy or feedstock in transport, logistics and industrial processes.

Stephan Windels, Business Unit Manager of Eoly, remarked: "Colruyt Group is already investing heavily in hydrogen for logistical and mobility-related applications. In addition, it also wants to make its natural gas consumption greener and this cooperation marks a step in this direction."

Only last week, SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition aiming to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, said that it saw P2G as having the potential to produce large volumes of renewable LNG in the future.

Last year, Bunker Index reported that a number of Rotterdam-based entities, including BP and Port of Rotterdam Authority, agreed to look into how sustainably generated electricity, converted into hydrogen, can be used in the production of transportation fuel in the Rotterdam port area.






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