Vattenfall joins wind-to-hydrogen project

Vattenfall is now participating in a hybrid power project in Germany to store wind energy as hydrogen gas.

The project, based 75 miles north of Berlin in Prenzlau, consists of a biogas unit, three 2 MW wind turbines, two combined heat and power plants and an electrolysis unit that generates the hydrogen.

Together with its partners, Vattenfall is now planning to expand its pilot activities for generating hydrogen to store wind energy in several major projects, including one in the state of Brandenburg.

“This is a unique project both for Germany and Europe as a whole. It combines the generation of renewable electricity, heat and hydrogen,” says Oliver Weinmann, Head of Vattenfall Innovation in Germany.

The project brings together energy supplier Enertrag, French oil and gas company Total, and Siemens, as well as research institutions and environmental organisations. The initiative is supported by several German states and the German Ministry of Transport and is known as the Performing Energy Alliance for Hydrogen from Wind.

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