A first in German gas distribution, hydrogen is set to be blended in Saxony-Anhalt’s natural gas pipeline grid in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions.
The joint project between E.ON subsidiary Avacon and the German Gas and Water Association (DVGW) aims to show it is feasible to blend hydrogen into natural gas grids at much higher rates than today.
Apart from showing that the network installations can cope with the higher concentrations, it will be important to demonstrate the hydrogen compatibility of end-use devices including household appliance.
Avacon said it will add up to 20% hydrogen to a network section in Saxony-Anhalt for the first time by the end of next year.
Prof. Dr. Gerald Linke, Chairman of the DVGW and Avacon Chief Technology Officer Stephan Tenge today signed a cooperation agreement in Salzgitter.
“Hydrogen is an ideal energy source to connect all sectors and makes an important contribution to the success of the energy transition,” said Tenge.
“It is important to reduce CO2 emissions in all areas in order to contribute to the climate.”
Linke added, “The pilot project marks an important milestone on the way to a climate-friendly energy system.”
“It shows that the admixture of increasingly higher shares of CO2-free gases is within reach and in the future, the feed of up to 100% hydrogen in the natural gas network will be technically possible.”
Avacon said hydrogen is compatible with the existing infrastructure and can be stored in the nationwide natural gas network covering more than 500,000 kilometres.
It can be used in a variety of ways for climate-friendly heat and power production in industry, households and for fuel cell mobility.