Berlin, 25/07/2019 – 50Hertz seeks to share its expertise with the Regulatory Sandboxes of the Energy Transition. These Regulatory Sandboxes are the twenty winners of a national idea contest that were announced last week by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier. Among these are two research projects in which 50Hertz is involved as an associated partner. The contest promotes project proposals on an industrial scale that deal with the development of
promising energy technologies, in particular in the field of hydrogen technology.
50Hertz will collaborate in the Regulatory Sandboxes “GreenHydroChem Mitteldeutsches Chemiedreieck” (‘chemical triangle of Central Germany’) in Leuna, and “Reflau - Referenzkraftwerk Lausitz” (‘Lausitz reference power plant’). Both projects share the same focus: sector coupling and hydrogen technology.
Dr Dirk Biermann, Chief Markets and System Operations Officer at 50Hertz, welcomes the promotion of innovative technology solutions: “With our commitment to the Regulatory Sandboxes we are specifically supporting the development of Power-to-X technologies for the energy market: if the situation on the market becomes pressing in a few years' time, we will need tried-and-tested experience with the new technology tailored to the grid."
At the Leuna site, the material use of hydrogen plays a decisive role. A 50-megawatt electrolyser will be used to convert electricity generated from renewable sources into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is then turned into basic chemical materials and methanol in the local refineries. In the transport sector, methanol can be added to conventional fuels as a propellant component. Overall, the “GreenHydroChem” project in Saxony-Anhalt aims to make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of industrial processes. The consortium leaders are Siemens AG, Linde AG and Fraunhofer IMWS.
In the Regulatory Sandbox “Referenzkraftwerk Lausitz”, led by the special purpose association for the Schwarze Pumpe industry park (“Zweckverband Industriepark Schwarze Pumpe”), the partners seek to test key technologies for the supply of renewable energy and hydrogen for chemical storage in actual practice. A reference power plant using renewable energy should provide electricity and heat to all sectors; the hydrogen is made available to the traffic and industry sectors and should be fed into the existing natural gas grid.
Furthermore, 50Hertz will also be involved in the „Reallabor Lausitz“ (‘Regulatory Sandbox Lausitz‘), which is currently being planned. In the scope of this project, future concepts for low-CO2 quarters and low-emission traffic should be tested in real conditions.
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