Germany's Schleswig-Holstein could convert excess wind energy into hydrogen - study
(ADPnews) - Sep 22, 2010 - The excess energy from wind farms in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein can be converted into the chemical element hydrogen (H) and used in transport and industry, according to a study of German energy consultancy firm Ludwig-Boelkow-Systemtechnik GmbH.
The electricity generated by wind power plants in Germany cannot be used in full due to lack of energy storage systems and low grid capacity. Therefore, this excess energy could be converted into hydrogen and cover most of the medium-term demand for 320 million cubic metres (11,300 cubic feet) of hydrogen in the German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, experts from the consultancy firm said.
The experts said that this plan can be put into practice by launching pilot projects and by carrying out technical tests.