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Oct 01, 2013
140 MW Wind Park officially opens in Germany with Energy Storage facility using 1 MW Power-to-Gas System from Hydrogenics

On September 19th, a 140MW wind farm in Germany has been put into operation with a 1MW electrolysis system from Hydrogenics. The 140 Megawatt wind farm, is located in the municipality of Grapzow (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern District) and is connected via a new substation to the local 50 Hertz 380 kilovolt high voltage grid, and will save 250,000 CO2 per year.

Hydrogenics installed a 1MW Power-to-Gas system inside a newly constructed building. The unit produces 210Nm3 of H2 per hour. The plant’s owners have the option to use the hydrogen in an internal combustion engine to produce electricity or be injected directly into the local natural gas grid depending on operational needs. The hydrogen compression and storage system stores up to 27MW/Hr of energy and dramatically increases the overall efficiency of the wind park by tapping into wind energy which otherwise would be wasted.

The wind farm with 28 wind turbines can provide electricity for 125,000 households, 15% of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region. Mr. Volker Schlotmann, Minister of Energy from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern attended the event.  The Operator of the plant is the engineering group RH2-Werder/Kessin/Altentreptow (RH2-WKA). The storage project is funded by the Germany Federal Government with funds from the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.