01 Jul 2020, 13:18
Kerstine Appunn

Hydrogen alliance between E.ON and Thyssenkrupp announced

Clean Energy Wire

Energy company E.ON and Thyssenkrupp are going to work together on a new hydrogen infrastructure, the companies announced. The joint project will see Thyssenkrupp-built electrolysis plants connected to E.ONs power grid. The plants can help to stabilise the grid by using more electricity at times of high input from renewable sources and throttle operations when input is low. The regulation of the hydrogen plants would be done through E.ON’s virtual power plant that links a total of 150 plants in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Incorporating hydrogen facilities into the German power grid touches upon two major challenges of the energy transition: re-organising the electricity network to transmit increasing amounts of intermittent renewable energy from north to south and reducing the particularly stubborn emissions from heavy industry and aviation through higher hydrogen use. Germany has set out to become a global leader in the associated hydrogen technologies, and the government has penned a National Hydrogen Strategy to fulfil these ambitions.

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