Excess Renewable Energy to be Stored as Hydrogen for Later
Mississauga, Ontario, October 12,
2011 - Hydrogenics Corporation an Ontario-based developer
and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, has
been selected by the City of Herten, Germany to provide a
wind-hydrogen energy storage solution.
Located in North Rhine Westphalia, Herten is recognized as a
major German hydrogen cluster for electro-mobility as well as
renewable energy projects.
Renewable wind energy is an ideal source of power for
communities to offset the demand traditionally served by
electricity from fossil fuels. Wind energy is also considered to
have significant potential as part of Germany's announced
commitment to phase out all nuclear power by 2020.
By incorporating a hydrogen energy storage system, excess wind
power can be stored and redeployed when the wind is not blowing,
ultimately supplying a greater percentage of the community's
overall power requirements with improved stability and reliability.
This is accomplished with zero carbon emissions.
To meet the project requirements, Hydrogenics will provide one
HySTAT™30 hydrogen generation unit and a HyPM™ 50 kW fuel cell
power system, to the City of Herten in 2012.
This combination will demonstrate the distinct advantage of
hydrogen energy storage with its ability to be highly scalable and
capable of storing significant amounts of energy for long periods
of time with negligible loss. From storage, the energy will be
redeployed through fuel cells as electricity to the grid, or be
used to fuel zero carbon emission vehicles and other devices such
as industrial equipment.
"Electrolyzing water into hydrogen using excess intermittent
renewable energy is the optimal clean pathway to smart grid
stabilization and energy storage capacity. It has real advantages
over alternative energy storage solutions," said Daryl Wilson,
President and CEO of Hydrogenics.
"We are very pleased that such a globally recognized hydrogen
cluster as the City of Herten has awarded us the opportunity to
demonstrate this capability."
Hydrogenics Corporation (www.hydrogenics.com) is a globally recognized
developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell
products and services, serving the growing industrial and clean
energy markets of today and tomorrow.