Green hydrogen from wind energy - Fraunhofer IWES is building a model project
The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) is building an electrolysis test field as part of a model project to make “green” hydrogen. The aim is to store electricity generated from renewable sources by converting it via electrolysis into hydrogen.
The model project is running for an initial two years. From January 2020, the largest hangar on the former airfield is to use the electricity from an eight-megawatt wind turbine to produce hydrogen via electrolysis, with the intention that the product can in future be used in industry or the mobility sector. The process is to be validated and optimised by a body not tied to any particular manufacturer.
In future, the aim will be to give private-sector clients the possibility in a research facility to test the electrical characteristics of new electrolysers in combination with the fluctuating electricity levels generated from renewable sources. Modern control and monitoring systems for grid stabilisation using hydrogen storage as well as storage methods are also to be researched and developed.
In addition to the test structure, funding will also go towards the trialling of fields of application. The aim of the research is to attain a hydrogen-based carbon-neutral supply in four sectors, for example making alternative fuels practicable for the maritime sector and shipping.
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