10 Mar 2023

Stadtwerke Kiel and Innio Sign Mou to Convert Power Plant to Hydrogen

10 Mar 2023  by h2-view   

Stadtwerke Kiel and INNIO have announced plans to convert a coastal power plant in Kiel, Germany, to operate fully on green hydrogen by 2035.

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project to set global standards for climate neutral energy supply by 2035.

The coastal power plant is billed as the ‘world’s first’ 190MW large-scale engine-based combined heat and power plant.

Dr Jörg Teupen, Board Member for Technology and Personnel at Stadtwerke Kiel, said, “We need flexible backup power plants so that Kiel and Germany can be securely supplied with power – especially when the wind does not blow, and the sun does not shine.

“In order to achieve climate neutrality for this type of power plant operation, hydrogen must be readily available to us. However, this is dependent on Europe having an abundance of hydrogen available over the coming years.”

The Stadtwerke Kiel coastal power plant currently supplies more than 73,500 homes with eco-friendly district heating, along with generating electricity for the region.

Austrian-based INNIO will provide 20 of its Jenbacher engines towards the power plant, which are converted from natural gas to green hydrogen. This will result in the plant being entirely climate neutral by 2035.

The two companies’ joint ambition is founded on an ‘Eight-Point Program: Route to Climate Neutrality’. The target for climate neutrality in the generation of power and district heating, initially set for 2040, has now been brought forward to 2035 by the energy supplier.

Dr. Olaf Berlien, president and CEO of INNIO, stated, “For the conversion to happen no later than 2035, policy makers need to put the correct framework in place right now.”

In 2021, INNIO announced it would supply its hydrogen-ready gas engines to L-Charge to aid in delivering off-grid stationary charging stations.


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