November 9 (Renewables Now) - UK hydrogen specialist ITM Power (LON:ITM) has secured government funding to study the potential deployment of large-scale power-to-gas energy storage in partnership with gas distributor Northern Gas Networks Ltd (NGN).
The companies will conduct a feasibility study with a focus on deployments of more than 50 MWh within NGN's gas network. The examination will provide technical, economic and site-specific information about large-scale power-to-gas storage and will enable a decision on a potential large-scale demonstration project, ITM Power said.
Power-to-gas energy storage converts electricity into hydrogen which can be injected and stored in the gas network.
"As renewable power generation increases, effective storage and transmission of surplus power will become ever more important," noted Northern Gas Networks chief executive Mark Horsley. Part of the project will take place at InTEGReL, the company's whole systems facility near Gateshead.
Funding for the project has been secured as part of the energy storage feasibility study competition, launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in January 2017.