The world’s first green energy storage demonstrator is now active in the UK. And it also has paved the way towards a carbon-free fuel storage and transportation processes for later use. The project is a joint effort by Siemens, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Oxford University, and the University of Cardiff.
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Of all the collaborators, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is hosting a demonstration associated with the green energy storage project at the Energy Research Unit’s Test Site at RAL in Oxfordshire.
The demonstrator project offers a way to decouple the supply of electricity that is achieved by fluctuating renewable sources from the demand, which is driven by consumer dynamics. Following this, the demonstrator uses renewable electricity to obtain hydrogen from water through electrolysis, nitrogen through air separation, and to power the Haber-Bosch process to make ammonia. The ammonia produced in this way can be used as a completely carbon-free and practical bulk energy source.
According to Dr. Jim Halliday, Head of STFC’s Energy Research Unit (ERU), the University is extremely pleased to work with Siemens, Oxford University and the University of Cardiff to create a unique facility which will allow the feasibility of using surplus renewable energy to create “green ammonia”, which is being demonstrated for the first time. He further noted that the facility will allow technical aspects of such an exciting new energy breakthrough to be thoroughly evaluated and optimized.
The fluctuating renewable electricity needed for the project is being generated by ERU’s new 12kW wind turbine. ERU have also created a special area for the project infrastructure. Every part of the system was delivered in shipping containers. These parts were then integrated by technical staff from Siemens. From an overall perspective, green ammonia surely could be the answer to achieve eco-friendly energy storage and transportation.