Quick wins for the climate are possible when renewables are combined with gas. The required technology and infrastructure are already in place to switch to gas in all sectors – heating, power generation and transport.
Gas provides the flexibility which is needed with an increasing share of variable renewables. When there is too little wind and sun, modern gas power generation supplies you with the electricity you need.
And when there is surplus electricity, innovative power-to-gas technology provides the ideal storage as well as renewable gas.
And what‘s more, in tomorrow‘s decentralised energy system micro CHPs and fuel cells produce your own, clean, reliable heat and electricity at home – an ideal partner for rooftop solar panels.
Power-to-Gas is an innovative technology that converts surplus electricity into synthetic gas. It is the ideal solution to store excess electricity using the vast gas infrastructure.
The technology is tried and tested and there are pilot plants all across Europe. With the right political framework, power-to-gas technology could go from bespoke to industrial and bring down the costs due to learning curve effects, similar to wind and solar energy over the last decade.
Fuel cells and micro-CHPs are highly efficient technologies that provide you with secure and clean energy. You can use them to produce your own heat and electricity at home, plus, you can provide surplus electricity to your local grid.
As fuel cells and micro-CHPs produce electricity locally and can be used with solar panels, they make themselves a core feature of the decentralised energy system. This creates smart community solutions, while limiting the need for new cross-country power lines.
Europe is just setting out on this journey, while other countries, such as Japan, are already full steam ahead with plans to roll out five million fuel cells by 2030.