RWE’s power-to-gas plant has officially been opened in Ibbenbüren, Germany.
It is an energy storage technology which links the supply of local electricity, natural gas and district heating.
The electricity generated by renewables is converted into hydrogen and stored within the natural gas network to be used when it is needed.
It has a power output of 150KW.
The company is testing the new system and claims it has the potential to play a key role in energy supply in the future.
Arndt Neuhaus, CEO of RWE Deutschland said: “Energy storage solutions will become an essential element of our future electricity system where, according to German Government plans, in 15 years’ time renewable energy sources will cover 50% of the country’s power needs – or almost double the current rate.
“Our electricity grid will have to perform at an even higher level than before to achieve this. Under these changed conditions, the power-to-gas technology will be an exemplary solution as it makes it possible for us to respond immediately to fluctuating volumes of incoming power.”