Hydrogenics Corp., a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, will deploy a 1 MW hydrogen energy storage system in the city of Hamburg, Germany.
Hydrogenics' energy storage application will employ advanced proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology for production of the hydrogen, using excess power generated from renewable energy in the region, primarily wind.
This "Power-to-Gas" facility will be run by E.ON, an existing customer of Hydrogenics. In the core of the system will be the world's largest single PEM electrolyzer stack, which will serve as the building block for future multi-megawatt applications. In addition, the hydrogen produced can be stored in large quantities over long periods of time within the country's natural gas infrastructure.
Construction of the plant, backed by a consortium of German companies and scientific organizations, is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2013. Funding has been provided by Germany's National Innovation Program (NIP) for hydrogen and fuel cell technology, under the auspices of the country's Federal Ministry of Transport, Buildings and Urban Affairs in coordination with the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).