Grid-connected renewable energy storage project launched in Europe

The INGRID project is a major research and development, and demonstration project with an overall budget of €23.9 million. The European Commission will grant the project €13.8 million within the Seventh Framework Programme for European Research and Innovation. The core innovation of the INGRID project will consist of combining 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 in order to balance power supply and demand.

Consortium members include Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Agenzia per la tecnologia e l’Innovazione (ARTI, Puglia, Italy), Enel Distribuzione, , Hydrogenics (Belgium), McPhy Energy SA (France)and research institutes Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE, Italy) and TECNALIA (Spain).

The consortium will design, build, deploy and operate a 39 MWh energy storage facility using McPhy hydrogen-based solid state storage and Hydrogenics electrolysis technology and fuel cell power systems in the Puglia region in Italy, where over 3.5 MW of solar, wind, and biomass power is already installed.

The hydrogen energy storage installation, with more than one ton of safely stored hydrogen, including a novel fast responding 1.2 MW hydrogen generator, will provide effective and smart balancing support for the local grid managed by Enel Distribuzione. Several potential value streams for the generated carbon-neutral hydrogen will be investigated.