Natural gas on stock
For a reliable power supply from largely renewable sources – besides smart grids – sufficient storage options also have to be created. The natural gas network has particularly great potential for storage, which is precisely why we are testing Power to Gas technology on a pilot project in Ibbenbüren. For Power to Gas offers a promising option for long-term storage and even more efficient use of green power.
How electricity can be stored within the natural gas network
Shaping the future of energy in the Tecklenburg region
With the Power to Gas pilot project in Ibbenbüren we are contributing to the energy transition. This state-of-the-art plant is part of a systemic solution that efficiently combines local electricity, natural gas and remote heating with one another.
Electric power is converted in this plant into gaseous and CO₂-free energy. Up until now it has only been possible to generate electricity from gas, but now the energy conversion process is also possible in the opposite direction. This means an excess supply of electricity from renewable sources can be taken out of the grid, converted and temporarily stored within the natural gas grid. Alternatively, the CO₂-free gas created in the process can be used straight away in the heating market or transport sector.
Accolade from KlimaExpo.NRW
When it was commissioned, the KlimaExpo.NRW (NRW climate expo) declared the plant an engine for progress on climate change mitigation. This means it qualifies as one of the certified projects of a German regional government initiative to encourage more climate change mitigation efforts and draw attention to the technological and economic potential of North Rhine-Westphalia in this field.