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Guide to H2 Safety

Safety plays a decisive role when it comes to the topic of hydrogen. However, not because H2 gas is exceptionally dangerous, but because there are many questions and uncertainties in dealing with this energy storage. For this reason, the HYPOS network has developed a guideline within the framework of the project, which summarises safety-related and organisational instructions that enable the safe operation of plants for hydrogen production, transport, storage and utilisation. (more…)

Think tank in Lusatia

Minister Schulze - PtX
© BMU/Sascha Hilgers
© BMU/Sascha Hilgers

A former coal region in Germany is attempting to transform itself: At the beginning of March 2021, in the city of Cottbus, German environment minister Svenja Schulze and Minister President of Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke started work on a new center of excellence. The PtX Lab Lausitz aims to become a think tank, discussion platform and launch pad for new projects focusing on green hydrogen and its derived products within Europe. Funding comes from an investment of around EUR 180 million from the structural enhancement law in the run-up to 2024.

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What exactly is power-to-X?

What exactly is power-to-X?

Illustration of power-to-X processes, products and applications
Illustration of power-to-X processes, products and applications, © WZB

Efforts to transform the energy sector have so far focused on increasing renewable generation capacity to lay the foundation for a future energy system. This has made the use of electricity in the heat and transportation markets all the more important, since electric power is an efficient means of generating and using renewable sources of energy.

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Integrating renewable gases

Integrating renewable gases

Contribution of power-to-X to energy generation in Germany
Contribution of power-to-X to energy generation in Germany

Renewable gases or power-to-X are essential to meeting climate protection goals because they provide cost-effective solutions for reducing GHG emissions from vehicles, heat generation devices and power production systems, for storing energy long term or for using the final products as chemical raw materials.

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Reinventing transportation can’t be that hard

Reinventing transportation can’t be that hard

Christiansen

Reinhard Christiansen

For a long time, the wind power industry had no interest in energy storage, because it was much more lucrative to feed the power generated directly into the public grid. However, the end of the 20 years of guaranteed feed-in payments for the first turbines in Germany is in sight. Because of this, operators and planners, including Reinhard Christiansen, are looking for alternatives. (more…)