ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has secured funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the Energy Storage Feasibility Study Competition launched in January 2017 to collaborate with Northern Gas Networks (NGN) to undertake a study examining the potential deployment of large-scale Power-to-Gas energy storage.
The feasibility study will focus on deployments capable of operating cost-effectively from 50MWh energy storage capacity upwards within the boundaries of the NGN gas distribution network. The study will provide detailed technical, economic and site-specific information about large-scale Power-to-Gas energy storage which will enable a decision on a potential large-scale energy storage demonstration project.
Power-to-gas energy storage
Power-to-gas energy storage is a scalable energy storage technology capable of absorbing power from the electricity grid at times when supply exceeds demand and when intermittent renewable generation causes network stability problems. In Power-to-Gas, electrical power is converted to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen which can be injected and stored in the gas network. The gas network has the capacity to store energy indefinitely and power-to-gas has the potential to store MW to GW for durations that can extend from hours to many months.
Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Northern Gas Networks on this study to deploy large scale Power-to-Gas energy storage on their network. The principle of the gas grid being used as a renewable energy store is a compelling idea for the gas industry. Northern Gas Networks are leaders in the use of hydrogen in the UK gas network for energy storage and for renewable heat.“
Mark Horsley, CEO of Northern Gas Networks, added: “The whole systems approach and Power-to-Gas technology are incredibly exciting prospects for the UK’s future energy mix and we’re delighted to be a partner in this pioneering project, part of which will take place at InTEGReL, our whole systems facility near Gateshead. As renewable power generation increases, effective storage and transmission of surplus power will become ever more important. Instead of being lost, this surplus power has the potential to be turned into alternative green fuels such as hydrogen, and stored in the gas network for later use in transport, heat or generation. This study will provide unique insight into how we answer some of the energy challenges we’re facing, and how by bringing gas and electricity together we can ultimately drive down costs for customers, increase resilience and improve sustainability.”
For further information please visit www.itm-power.com or contact:
ITM Power plc, Andy Allen, CFO +44 (0)114 244 5111
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Tavistock (Financial PR and IR), Simon Hudson / James Collins +44 (0)20 7920 3150
About ITM Power plc
ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of green hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. ITM Power was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. In September 2017 the Company announced the completion of a GBP29.4m working capital fundraise. The Company signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell for hydrogen refuelling stations in September 2015 and subsequently a deal to deploy a 10MW electrolyser at Shell’s Rhineland refinery. Additional customers include National Grid, RWE, Engie, BOC Linde, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Anglo American among others. The Company’s order pipeline stands at £19.9m of projects under contract and £20.4m of contracts in the final stages of negotiation, totalling £40.3m (subject to exchange rate variation).
About Northern Gas Networks
Northern Gas Networks Limited (NGN) distributes gas to households and businesses in the north of England. It owns and maintains approximately 37,000 kilometres of gas pipes and delivers gas to 2.7 million customers in the North East, Northern Cumbria, and Yorkshire. NGN is regarded as a frontier network, taking a lead on efficiency, safety and relentless focus on the customer to ensure the highest levels of service. NGN has pioneered the research into hydrogen as a new fuel source and has been actively pursuing the possibilities of utilising hydrogen as a heating source in the UK through the H21 Leeds City Gate project.