E.ON has started the construction of a new plant which helps excess wind generated from turbines to be stored in the gas grid.
The Germany-based plant will create hydrogen through a process called electrolysis, which is fed into the regional gas grid where it can generate electricity.
The plant will store excess power from wind farms which enables them to efficiently generate more power.
Klaus-Dieter Maubach, member of the E.ON AG Board of Management responsible for technology and innovation said: “If Germany expands the use of renewable energy sources in the coming years as planned, the power supply on very windy or sunny days will exceed demand more and more often and to a growing extent. This will increasingly bring the power grid to the limits of its capacity. In this respect, power-to-gas is a promising solution for the future energy supply system.”
The utility claims power-to-gas technology is attractive due to the large storage capacity offered by the existing gas infrastructure.