Powering up the energiewende

24/10/2016
 

The large-scale project ‘Power-to-X’ was launched today with a kickoff event attended by Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Johanna Wanka. It is one of four Kopernikus projects for the transformation of the energy sector that have been selected for funding. RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and DECHEMA are coordinating the project, which is concerned with the storage and use of electrical energy from renewable sources by converting it into material energy carriers and chemical products.

With Power-to-X (P2X) technologies, electricity from renewable sources is first electrochemically converted into chemical energy carriers like hydrogen, carbon monoxide or synthesis gas. These material resources must then be stored, distributed or converted efficiently into products such as fuels, chemical products or plastics. These transformations require innovative solutions which have to be developed within the project to yield ecologically and economically beneficial, as well as socially accepted, processes. These technological developments will be a central contribution to the ’Energiewende’.

A total of 17 research facilities, 26 industrial partners and three civil society organizations are involved in the P2X project. In addition to the funding provided by the BMBF, industry partners are contributing a further 8.3 million euros in research funding. With the P2X project, a research group shall be formed to develop and enhance communication between available infrastructure and industry.