Power to Gas is a form of technology where surplus energy from wind … which has attracted great attention and is also perfectly feasible in Sweden. Thony Norelli
Here is no shortage of renewable energy. In principle, availability is endless. The challenge is to make renewable energy available where needed, when needed and at a competitive price. Storage of energy and a highly efficient infrastructure are necessary to meet strict energy and climate goals. Power to gas – integration of wind power and gas grid – is an international technology that has attracted great attention and is also perfectly feasible in Sweden. Swedegas has managed to bring the energy sector together to jointly determine how Power to Gas can develop in Sweden.
In Denmark and Germany, Power to Gas is seen as a solution to reaching renewable energy targets by 2035 and 2050. In Germany there are a large number of demonstration projects to develop technology and improve efficiency. The car company Audi opened a Wertle plant in 2013, producing renewable fuels for gas vehicles through Power to Gas.
More renewable power
“Power to Gas would at each of the locations contribute to societal benefit, more renewable power production and collaboration between different energy players. Now that we have established this we can also take the next step and work to bring about the construction of a pilot plant at one of the sites,” said Johan Zettergren, Vice President Marketing and Business Development at Swedegas.
What the selected sites have in common is large-scale expansion plans for wind power and the aim of increasing the use of biofuels. Otherwise the conditions differ. The study shows that Gotland already has a surplus of electricity from wind power during certain periods. The region also has plans to increase the use of biogas and local industry that generates high levels of carbon dioxide emissions. Falkenberg has good access to a gas infrastructure, plans are in place for the expansion of wind power and a hydrogen gas filling station is being constructed. Piteå also has wide-reaching wind power plans and good access to forest materials for renewable energy production. Although it already has a surplus of electricity it also has a high level of energy use and high concentrations of carbon dioxide emissions
The survey has been conducted by ÅF at the request of the Swedish company for infrastructure management Swedegas and a number of energy bodies. The study has been supported by the Swedish Energy Agency through the Energy Research Institute.