Thinking of wind energy and hydrogen together
Green hydrogen will be a central pillar of a sustainable energy future. Wind energy allows production of emission-free hydrogen by means of electrolysis. Offshore wind energy in particular offers great potential here, as wind at sea blows stronger and more consistently, plus intermediate storage of the generated energy will be required. This is possible in the form of hydrogen, which is why both hydrogen itself and its synthesis products are set to be central elements of the energy transition.
Fraunhofer IWES is ideally equipped for shaping the interplay of wind energy and hydrogen generation, reconversion, and grid integration as well as the potential use for decarbonization/defossilization of the industry as efficiently as possible:
- with technology-independent test platforms (Hydrogen Labs) for the assessmentand optimization of electrolyzers (from the cell to the industry stack right up to full system level) with a total electrical power supply of up to 26 MW;
- with the leading global facility for grid integration tests (DyNaLab);
- with an application center for the modeling and regulation of decentralized and local energy systems;
- with its many years of commitment to certification and standardization;
- with testing capabilities for the long-term stability of materials and the dynamic operation of electrolyzers coupled with wind turbines;
- with applied research in the field of the chemical industry (Power-to-X processes).