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Grid-connected renewable energy storage project unveiled

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Engineering Ingegneria Informatica? Ingrid project? renewable energy? solid state hydrogen?

Seven European partners have formed a consortium to build an energy facility that will be installed in the Puglia region of Italy. According to them, the Ingrid project intends to combine solid-state high-density hydrogen storage systems and electrolysis with advanced ICT technologies for smart distribution grids monitoring and control in a scenario of high penetration of renewable energy sources so as to balance power supply and demand.

Coordinated by Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Italian ICT provider, the Ingrid project gathers regional authority ARTI, Italian electricity distributor Enel Distribuzione, electrolyzer manufacturer Hydrogenics, French hydrogen storage specialist McPhy Energy, and two research institutions, RSE in Italy and TECNALIA in Spain.

Partners said they expect to design, build, deploy and operate a 39MWh energy storage facility using McPhy's hydrogen-based solid state storage and Hydrogenics' electrolysis technology and fuel cell power systems.

The Puglia region has an installed base of more than 3,500MW of solar, wind and biomass energy systems. The solid state hydrogen energy storage installation is claimed to be able to safely store more than a ton of hydrogen and to include a fast responding 1.2MW hydrogen generator. The installation is expected to provide effective and smart balancing support for the local grid managed by Enel Distribuzione. Various potential value streams for the generated carbon-neutral hydrogen will be investigated, the consortium said.

The Ingrid R&D and demonstration project has an overall budget of about $29 million. It is funded with a contribution of nearly $16.7 million by the European Union.

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