Hydrogenics Corporation (Nasdaq:HYGS; TSX:HYG.TO), has been given the news they have been selected by the City of Herten, Germany to provide a wind-hydrogen energy storage solution. Located in North Rhine Westphalia, Herten is recognized as a major German hydrogen cluster for electro-mobility as well as renewable energy projects.
In Germany, wind energy is considered to have significant potential as part of Germany’s announced commitment to phase out all nuclear power by 2020. By incorporating a hydrogen energy storage system, excess wind power can be stored and redeployed when the wind is not blowing, ultimately supplying a greater percentage of the community’s overall power requirements with improved stability and reliability. This is accomplished with zero carbon emissions.
As part of the deal, Hydrogenics will provide one HySTAT(TM)30 hydrogen generation unit and a HyPM(TM) 50 kW fuel cell power system, to the City of Herten in 2012. This combination will demonstrate the distinct advantage of hydrogen energy storage with its ability to be highly scalable and capable of storing significant amounts of energy for long periods of time with negligible loss. From storage, the energy will be redeployed through fuel cells as electricity to the grid, or be used to fuel zero carbon emission vehicles and other devices such as industrial equipment.