Siemens to open plant that converts wind power into hydrogen for fuelPublished:
Monday, July 6, 2015

Siemens, the largest engineering company in Europe, is slated to open a
facility in Germany on Thursday that will convert electricity from wind
into hydrogen for later use.

The electrolysis plant in Mainz could generate up to 6 megawatts of
electricity, or about enough to power 2,000 fuel-cell cars, Siemens said.
Apart from fuel-cell cars, hydrogen can also be used in natural gas
pipelines or as general fuel.

The facility will become the largest worldwide to use a technology called
the proton exchange membrane (PEM). PEM allows the capture and storage of
electricity. The technology is able to respond to fluctuations in power
production in just milliseconds.

As Germany increasingly relies on irregular renewable energy sources like
wind and solar, energy storage technologies to fill the gaps in output are
needed.

Siemens partnered with the Mainz energy utility, industrial gases company
Linde and the Rhein-Main University of Applied Sciences to build and
operate the plant.  <snip>
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