On Thursday, 15 October 2015, Jens Kerstan, Hamburg Minster of the Environment, inaugurate the world’s most modern power-to-gas plant worldwide at Hansewerk’s site in Hamburg-Reitbrook. A consortium consisting of E.ON and partners from industry and science started the project, which will feed hydrogen produced from wind power into the gas grid of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region with the aim to mitigate the fluctuating feed of renewable energies and to use hydrogen energy for various other applications. The project receives public funding as part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) of the Federal Ministry of Transport and digital infrastructure (BMVI).
Milestone of the Energy Transition
How can wind power be stored and used in various ways? The power to gas system, which goes into operation here, is answering this question in a very promising way. It is an important component of Germany’s energy transition from fossil to renewable energies. In this project of the century, Hamburg plays as an important role as a leading centre of trade and innovation, and will we want to further expand this role. The way we have have come so far in the energy revolution is reflected by this fact. In 2014, renewable energies succeeded in becoming the number one source in Germany’s gross electricity generation and to push brown coal (lignite) from the top. That is also a success for climate protection”, said Jens Kerstan, Hamburg Minister for Environment and Energy of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Key Technology of Renewable Energy
“The use of renewable energy is becoming increasingly important – and technically mature. Therefore, I am very pleased that we have made another big leap towards a climate-friendly energy supply company with a project funded by us”, said Norbert Barthle. The Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure emphasised in his speech that the conversion of electricity into hydrogen and the subsequent storage in the natural gas network constitutes a key technology for the diverse use of alternative energies.
Energy Hub of Germany’s North
“Hamburg is the most important energy hub in the north. With the innovative power-to-gas plant, this position will be significantly strengthened. Starting today, the north will be able to easily switch from electricity to gas, with around 7,000 megawatts of power from renewable sources fed into the grid north of the Elbe river. Innovative energy solutions are urgently needed to avoid bottlenecks in the power grid and to better control the fluctuating feed better into the grip. With the power-to gas-system, this is possible – excess electric energy is being transferred into the gas grid”, said Matthias Boxberger, CEO Hansa AG. In Schleswig-Holstein, some 33,000 installations feed electricity from renewable sources into its grid.