100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

UK-based Electrolyser manufacturer and EHA member ITM Power has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent with one of Germany’s top ten local utility companies to investigate Power-to-Gas energy storage.

The integration of renewable energies into the existing electricity and gas networks in Germany presents great challenges to energy providers. The collaboration will investigate the potential of energy storage by the production of hydrogen from ITM Power’s rapid response electrolysis equipment and build a plant to test the performance and operation.

This is ITM Power GmbH’s first key development in the German utility market; it sees significant opportunities in the country, including energy storage using hydrogen gas injection into the gas grid and clean fuel provision for captive fleets and road vehicles.