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Assessment of the potential, the actors and relevant business cases for large scale and seasonal storage of renewable electricity by hydrogen underground storage in Europe

Objective

Scope and background of project

In the 4th call of the European FCH JU (AIP 2011) a project has been called to map out the relevance of hydrogen underground storage. The focus being on seasonal energy storage at large scale, the potential, application profile, impact of and schedule to implement this concept may differ across Europe. In recent studies a clear profile for various large-scale storage concepts / technologies has been elaborated for Germany, and here specifically the northern regions, with involvement of the public sector and industry.
Utilizing this knowledge, also actors in other regions have started to assess the individual geographic hydrogen underground storage potential in their respective region such as in Spain and the UK and show interest to commercially deploy this concept.

Expected results

The idea behind the project is to establish a European initiative supporting the deployment of hydrogen energy storage in underground storage caverns at large scale, benchmark their storage potential in relation to the energy market and competing storage technologies, and to identify and assess application areas, stakeholders, safety, regulatory framework and public acceptance.
The general concept of the project foresees case studies for five representative European regions benchmarking against the results from ongoing German industry projects. Each of these case studies will consider the competitiveness of hydrogen storage against other large scale energy storage concepts, the geologic potential for hydrogen storage in the region, and how to embed the hydrogen energy storage in the energy market. The perspective of the cases studies is potential business cases for each region and the development of an Implementation Plan at European scale.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydrogen energy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CSA-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Coordination and Support Acti

Coordinator

FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LAS NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS DEL HIDROGENO EN ARAGON
Address
Cr Zaragoza N 330A Km 566 Cuarte
22197 Huesca
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 147 136
Administrative Contact
Jesus Simon (Mr.)

Participants (11)

Ludwig-Boelkow-Systemtechnik GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 146 455
Address
Daimlerstr. 15
85521 Ottobrunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Buenger (Dr.)
HINICIO SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 103 015
Address
Rue Des Palais 44
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Maio (Mr.)
KBB UNDERGROUND TECHNOLOGIES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 128 794
Address
Baumschulenallee 16
30625 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Jansen-Smutny (Mr.)
NATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR CRYOGENICS AND ISOTOPIC TECHNOLOGIES ICSI RM VALCEA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 115 352
Address
Strada Uzinei 4
240050 Ramnicu Valcea
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ioan Iordache (Dr.)
DEEP. Underground Engineering GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 112 496
Address
Eyhauser Allee 2A
26160 Bad Zwischenahn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manfred Pilchowski (Mr.)
UNIPER ENERGY STORAGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 74 181
Address
Franziusstrasse 12
40219 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tobias Rudolf (Dr.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 61 219
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marcel Weeda (Mr.)
SHELL GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 141 998
Address
Lange Kleiweg 40
2288 GK Rijswijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Ball (Dr.)
CENEX - CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR LOW CARBON AND FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 94 255
Address
Holywell Building Holywell Park Ashby Road
LE11 3UZ Loughborough Leicestershire
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Peter Speers (Mr.)
SOLVAY CHEMICALS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 43 278
Address
Hans Boeckler Allee 20
30173 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Becker (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 25 094
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniel Nacchache (Mr.)