LBST Newsletter Q2.2014: Spotlight on Power-to-Gas



Dear Friends of LBST,


the integration of increasing amounts of intermittent wind and solar energy into the European grid continues to be high on the agenda of energy stakeholders. Large-scale energy storage using power-to-gas, hydrogen or methane, is expected to play an important future role. A range of pilot projects are exploring different aspects of such solutions, the largest one so far in the city of Mainz has just had its kick-off.

The outcomes will help shape our future energy system, and are likely to affect you and your business:

If you are supplying technology or components, new markets will emerge.

If you are active in electricity or fuel production and supply, you will see changes in your value chain.


In this newsletter, we focus on recent work LBST experts have done in the space for public and private clients, analysing the integration of “power-to-gas” and hydrogen into the energy system, hydrogen distribution and infrastructure requirements from a national as well as an international perspective, and the economics of operational scenarios.


Please do not miss to visit the News column on our webpage for some of the other topics we have covered recently and do not hesitate to get into direct contact with me or one of our experts.


Best regards,
Uwe Albrecht and the LBST-team





       New to the ‘power-to-gas’ topic? We have helped the hydrogen and fuel cell initiative in the federal state of Hessen to devise a brochure with introductory but still rather comprehensive information on the topic. Called “Hydrogen from Wind Energy”, it is available online or can be ordered as a printed version (German only).
LBST contact:
Reinhold Wurster

       Power-to-Gas (PtG) in Transport – Current Status and Development Perspectives
To what extent can fuels from power-to-gas contribute to energy supply in the transport sector? What are the effects on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment? What would this mean for the energy sector as a whole? These questions are addressed in this study conducted jointly with our partners
DLR, ifeu, and DBFZ for the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the national Mobility and Fuel Strategy, soon to be published.
LBST contact:
Ulrich Bünger

       Cost analysis of Renewable Gases
What is the cost of hydrogen or methane produced from renewable electricity? How can it be made part of our energy system? This study for the
German Renewable Energy Federation BEE (Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie e.V.) looks at how to best facilitate the integration of renewable energy by using power-to-gas technologies. Available in print (ISBN 978-3-920328-65-2) or online (in German only).
LBST contact:
Matthias Altmann

       Power-to-Gas Case Study
How could a realistic implementation scenario for power-to-gas look like? What are the relevant application areas? Which economic boundary conditions are to be expected? LBST has been leading the
German case study addressing these questions for a concrete implementation example within the European HyUnder project.
LBST contact:
Ulrich Bünger

       Renewable liquid fuels (“power-to-liquids”) can also be synthesized based renewable gases. Which ones may hold an interesting potential? Can their compatibility with existing infrastructure outweigh the added production complexity? An LBST expertise supported the FVV (German Research Association for Combustion Engines) in tackling these issues
LBST contact:
Patrick Schmidt

       Roadmap for the Realisation of a Wind Hydrogen Economy in the Lower Elbe Region
How can the chemical industry in North Germany benefit from surplus wind energy in the region? This study (conducted jointly with EY and BBH) for ChemCoast, a German industry association of the chemical industry, examines a commercial implementation concept for the generation, storage, transport, and use of wind hydrogen.
LBST contact:
Ulrich Bünger

Hydrogen distribution


       If hydrogen plays an increasing role as an energy carrier, efficient ways of transportation and delivery will be important. The FCH-JU funded DeliverHy project, coordinated by LBST, has assessed high capacity hydrogen road trailers using composite tanks with respect to weight, safety, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. Final reports are published here; for any economic impact, you may be particularly interested in the report on costs, energy use and emissions.
LBST contact: Reinhold Wurster

Hydrogen Infrastructure


       What is the state-of-the-art of technology in hydrogen production, transport, storage and use and where are the markets heading? “Hydrogen, Fuel Cell and Energy Storage – Status quo: a comparative analysis”, a study for e-mobil BW (State Agency for Electric Mobility and Fuel Cell technology Baden-Wuerttemberg) provides an overview; available online soon.
LBST contact: Matthias Altmann

       In addition, we have conducted various studies for public and automotive industry clients on status, perspectives, and roll-out scenarios of Hydrogen Refuelling Stations in Germany, selected European countries, and in the USA; modelling typically includes demand, locations, and economic key parameters using LBST’s proprietary modelling tool H2Invest. We will be happy to discuss how we can help you in that context.
LBST contact: Ulrich Bünger, Jan Michalski



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