Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Industrial-scale project to boost Belgium’s hydrogen economy
With the project, Eoly, Parkwind and Fluxys are taking a new step towards solutions for a low-carbon future. In an initial phase the feasibility of the installation will be more closely examined. Unlike demonstration projects elsewhere in Europe, Eoly, Parkwind and Fluxys envisage to realise in Belgium one of the first industrial-scale power-to-gas facilities. The aim is to build a power-to-gas installation that can convert several megawatts of electricity into green hydrogen which can be marketed as carbon-free fuel or feedstock. Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys: "Our aim with this project is to unlock green gas as an additional renewable energy source alongside wind and sun, making our infrastructure an instrument for greening natural gas."
Compensating for fluctuations in renewable energy generation
Renewable energies like solar and wind trigger variability in electricity production. As the renewable power generation park will continue to expand in the future, increasing variability will become a major challenge. This project aims to offer a solution for the latter. The partners will explore the possibilities with the power-to-gas installation to offset the variability of power generation through (offshore) wind energy and provide support services to the power grid. This way, the installation will constitute a link optimising how the gas and power systems complement and reinforce each other.
Reduce carbon output of transport, heating and industrial processes
Green hydrogen can be transported and stored in the existing natural gas infrastructure and in this way reduces the carbon output of natural gas as energy for heating, transport and industry. Moreover, green hydrogen can also be used as carbon-free energy or feedstock in transport, logistics and industrial processes, for example in the chemical industry. Stephan Windels, Business Unit Manager of Eoly: "Colruyt Group is already investing heavily in hydrogen for logistical and mobility-related applications. In addition, it also wants to make its natural gas consumption greener and this cooperation marks a step in this direction."