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Methane Production via High Temperature Steam Electrolyser from Renewable Wind Energy: A German Study

Monnerie, Nathalie and Houaijia, Anis and Roeb, Martin and Sattler, Christian (2015) Methane Production via High Temperature Steam Electrolyser from Renewable Wind Energy: A German Study. Green and Sustainable Chemistry (5), pp. 70-80. Scientific Research Publishing. doi: 10.4236/gsc.2015.52010. ISSN 2160-6951.

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The transformation of the energy supply needs further development of energy storage technologies in order to integrate the fluctuating renewable energy. The conversion of renewable wind power into green methane offers a technical approach with the necessary storage and Transport capacities. Thus, the concept of Power-to-Gas which is illustrated here by the coupling of wind energy with a High Temperature Steam Electrolyser (HTSE) and a methanation unit enabling the production of green fuel like hydrogen and methane is presented is this paper. In fact, hydrogen can be used as energy carrier as well for the production of green fuels, like methane which is simpler to store and to transport and which can be thus used as storage medium for the stabilization of the electrical power supply as well as fuel for transport and heat sector. Its production using high temperature electrolysis is able to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions if performed with renewable resources. This is the case if the electricity needed for the HTSE comes from a wind turbine and the CO2 needed for the methanation step comes from biogas. For such a plant, the Location and the boundary conditions have a great importance. Thus, this study considers the coupling of a HTSE with a wind turbine and a methanation reactor, and focuses about the site selection, depending of the geographical and economic considerations. The study is limited first to the European area. Schleswig-Holstein is found as a very good location for this plant. It is one of the regions with the largest wind reserves in Germany. This region has also available a lot of Biogas and meets all the other necessary requirements.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96067/
Document Type:Article
Title:Methane Production via High Temperature Steam Electrolyser from Renewable Wind Energy: A German Study
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Monnerie, Nathalienathalie.monnerie (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Houaijia, Anisanis.houaijia (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Roeb, MartinMartin.roeb (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sattler, Christianchristian.sattler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:22 April 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Green and Sustainable Chemistry
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.4236/gsc.2015.52010
Page Range:pp. 70-80
Publisher:Scientific Research Publishing
Keywords:Methane, Hydrogen, High Temperature Steam Electrolysis, Wind Energy, Biogas
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:Concentrating Solar Systems (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Solar Process Technology (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Solare Verfahrenstechnik
Deposited By: Sattler, Prof. Dr. Christian
Deposited On:26 May 2015 10:53
Last Modified:20 Jun 2021 15:46

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