Dear Friends of LBST,
The energy system and the forces acting upon it continue to provide for a very dynamic environment. This is a far cry from the high continuity allowing for long planning horizons that had characterized the energy market in the past decades. LBST is supporting public and private actors in the field in managing and coping with the resulting challenges. Topics range from smart grids to infrastructure analysis and energy storage. Converting electricity into chemical energy (“power-to-gas”) conceptually enables long-term energy storage over several days or weeks. Additionally, turning electrons into hydrogen or methane creates promising ‘horizontal’ connections between electricity, gas networks, and mobility within the energy system at large. De-central storage concepts within distribution networks play an equally important role. Renewable energy potentials are also a key element of the energy and climate protection concepts we are currently working on for various cities and communities.
Hydrogen as an energy carrier has been one of the constant themes in our work, also in the past months. Notably, we conducted studies on safety aspects of hydrogen use.
Another area of long-standing LBST expertise is the assessment of natural resources for energy and industry and their availability. Recently published studies cover key metals and shale gas.
We are wishing you an inspiring reading and are looking forward to any thoughts you may have!
Uwe Albrecht and the LBST-team
Energy – Mobility – Sustainability
Consequences of Smart Metering
In cooperation with our partner Hinicio, LBST has analysed the effect of smart metering on electricity prices for the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament. The study also includes a review of data privacy aspects.
Integration of Renewable Energy
Options for the integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid are being assessed by LBST experts in a current study for the German Parliament jointly with our partner TÜV SÜD (see press release).
European Renewable Energy Network
European targets for renewable energy sources in the European energy mix as well as CO2 emissions reductions will require significant changes to and extensions of the electricity grid, storage capability, and demand side management. Requirements and measures are covered in an extensive study by LBST together with Hinicio, CEPS, VTT and Experts from Spain.
The term “power-to-gas” has been coined for the process of converting excess renewable electricity into hydrogen or methane and storing it and has meanwhile entered into the public discussion. LBST is member of a strategy platform founded by the German Energy Agency (dena) where industry associations, technology providers, utilities, and research institutes join hands in evaluating and promoting power-to-gas as a key element of a future energy system.
Separately, in the course of various studies for industry customers, LBST has analysed the economics of selected power-to-gas scenarios, evaluated and compared storage technologies, and provided comprehensive market overviews for large-scale electrolysers.
■ Safe Hydrogen Infrastructure
Introducing hydrogen as a transport fuel requires efficient procedures for certification and provision of safe fuelling stations, garages, tunnels, and workshops. An LBST-lead study (German only) for the German Ministry for Transport analyses the current situation in Germany, addresses international harmonisation, and suggests measures for further improvement and streamlining.
General safety aspects connected with the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier in a broad range of applications are comprehensively covered in a hydrogen safety compendium (currently available in German only) prepared for the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV).
Current Status of Hydrogen Refueling Stations Worldwide
Twelve new hydrogen refuelling stations opened throughout the world in 2011, bringing the total number of hydrogen refuelling stations in operation to 215. This is the result of the fourth annual assessment by H2stations.org, a website of LBST and TÜV SÜD. Another 122 refuelling stations are in the final planning stage around the world (see press release).
■ European Lighthouse
Project for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
In a public event, a new hydrogen refuelling station has been opened as part of H2Moves.Scandinavia lighthouse project in Oslo and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been handed over to the project. 17 vehicles from Daimler, Hyundai, and Think are now being tested by a range of users under everyday conditions (more information here).
Shale Gas – a European
Exploration of shale gas or unconventional gas faces an increasingly controversial discussion in Europe with potential environmental and health risks on one side, and economic opportunities on the other side. LBST (cooperating with Wuppertal Institute) has supported the European Parliament with a prominent assessment on the impact of shale gas and oil extraction on the environment and on human health (now available in 21 EU languages). LBST has also contributed as an invited expert to several European hearings on the topic.
Availability Key Metals and Fossil
As part of the Project “Feasible Futures for the Common Good - Energy Transition Paths in a Period of Increasing Resource Scarcities” funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Funds LBST expert Werner Zittel has produced an overview report on the current status on the availability of fossil fuels and key metals.
New German Mobility and Fuel
The preparatory work for a new mobility and fuel strategy the German government conducted by a team of expert partners (dena, DBFZ, ifeu, and ProgTrans) including LBST has been concluded and a comprehensive documentation summarizing challenges to the transport sector and suggesting measures is available (German only; English background available here).
LBST – Consultants for Sustainable Energy and Mobility
Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST) is
an expert consultant for sustainable energy and mobility, supporting
international clients from industry, finance, politics, and non-governmental
organizations in strategy, technology, and sustainability. Its cutting edge
competence is based on three decades of continuous experience, and on its
interdisciplinary team of leading experts, bridging policy, economy, and
LBST supports its clients with
■ SYSTEM & TECHNOLOGY STUDIES:
technology assessment and due diligence; energy and infrastructure concepts; feasibility studies;
■ STRATEGY CONSULTING:
product portfolio analysis; identifying new products and services; market analysis; decision support; and policy support;
■ SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING:
life cycle and carbon footprint analyses; natural resources assessment (energy, minerals, water); sustainability due diligence;
project management, monitoring and assessment; and
studies; briefings; expert workshops; trainings.
Particular expertise exists in energy (renewables, energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cells) and mobility (fuels and drives, infrastructure, mobility concepts), with our work in sustainability cutting across all sectors.
A key common denominator of all activities is the rigorous system approach, making sure all relevant elements of a tightly networked system are taken into account, and providing our customers with a comprehensive and complete basis for their decisions.
With its deep understanding of developments and technologies and its truly independent advice, LBST helps its clients to secure their future.
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