INNIO, HanseWerk announce 1-MW hydrogen CHP project

EMEC hydrogen storage cylinders (Credit Colin Keldie)

November 26 (Renewables Now) - Austria-based INNIO and German energy service provider HanseWerk AG unveiled a pilot project for a hydrogen-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the 1-MW range in Germany.

The partners on Monday announced the signing a letter of intent (LOI) for the project in central Hamburg. The demonstration facility will be able to use different mixes of hydrogen and natural gas as well as on 100% green hydrogen. In natural gas mode its power capacity will be 999 kW, but this will be adjusted accordingly when using hydrogen.

HanseWerk will use the heat generated by the CHP plant in its local heating network, while the generate power could be used for recharging electric vehicles on site.

The CHP plant is due to start operation on natural gas in spring 2020 while hydrogen-powered generation would begin the following summer.

Green hydrogen is attractive to northern Germany in particular because of its significant wind resources. Wind power can be stored as green hydrogen and used in the power, heat, transportation and industrial sectors.

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