Power-to-gas platform established in Europe

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The North Sea region is particularly interesting for the P2G concept as the on- and off-shore natural gas infrastructure is well developed in the area.

Additionally the combined generating capacity of offshore wind farms on the North Sea could reach about 100 GW by 2030, while the PV capacity installed in the countries surrounding the North Sea is expected to increase from 35 GW in 2012 to almost 60 GW in 2020, as energy consultants DNV KEMA state. With these points in mind, the North Sea Power to Gas Platform was established.

P2G is expected to play an increasingly vital role in the way energy systems develop. The issue with renewable energy sources like solar and wind power is intermittency. With the P2G concept, temporal surpluses can be reduced by converting renewable energy into gas. Another point that speaks for the P2G concept is that the gas infrastructure is able to accommodate larger volumes of electricity converted into gas than the what the grid alone can support.

The platform collaborates with the European Gas Research Group (GERG), the Mediterranean Power2Gas Platform (currently being established), as well as shipping companies, NGOs, utilities, energy technology providers, transmission system operators and distribution system operators.

"The establishment of the North Sea Power to Gas Platform is an important step in the transition towards a sustainable energy system," explained Lukas Grond, P2G expert at DNV KEMA and secretary of the platform. "I am pleased that this group of reputed companies has joined forces to bring this technology a step further into the global energy market."

The platform is an initiative of energy consulting and testing & certification company, DNV KEMA, and includes Fluxys Belgium and Hydrogenics (Belgium); Energinet.dk and Maersk Oil (Denmark); Alliander, Gasunie and TenneT (Netherlands); ITM Power and National Grid (UK); and Open Grid Europe (Germany).