Renewable Energy Focus
European cooperation in North Sea Power to Gas Platform for future energy storage system
26 April 2013
A European consortium of 11 leading companies have established the North Sea Power to Gas Platform, to further develop the concept of Power-to-Gas (P2G) – the conversion of renewable electrical power into a gaseous energy carrier like hydrogen or methane.
Power-to-Gas (P2G) will play an increasingly important role in the future energy system, as it reduces temporary surpluses of renewable power by converting them into gases. P2G has considerable potential, as these gases can be used for different purposes such as transportation, domestic heating, feedstock for the chemical industry, and in power generation.
‘The establishment of the North Sea Power to Gas Platform is an important step in the transition towards a sustainable energy system,’ says Lukas Grond, P2G expert at DNV KEMA and secretary of the Platform. ‘I am pleased that this group of reputed companies has joined forces to bring this technology a step further into the global energy market.’
The Platform is an initiative of energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV KEMA, and includes Fluxys and Hydrogenics in Belgium; Energinet.dk and Maersk Oil in Denmark; Alliander, Gasunie and TenneT in the Netherlands; ITM Power and National Grid in the UK; and Open Grid Europe in Germany.
The share of electricity from renewable sources in the European electricity mix is increasing. As power generation from wind and solar fluctuates, the match between renewable power supply and demand is becoming more challenging. At the same time, there are additional challenges in transmitting the increasing amounts of renewable power from wind or solar farms to end-users.
The good news is that the gas infrastructure can accommodate large amounts of electricity converted into gas, in the case that the supply of renewable power is larger than the grid capacity or electricity