Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has reportedly announced to have collaborated with Danish research firm Energifonden Skive and its northern Denmark based facility, Greenlab Skive for a pilot storage project. As per trusted sources, the collaboration is intended to explore the possibilities of storing excess renewable energy with ammonia.
The chemical is often used as a farming fertilizer but it can burn in a clean and efficient manner in gas turbines, cite sources. The production of ammonia is frequently an energy and carbon-intensive process. However, SGRE and Greenlab Skive believe that the process can be cleaned with the excessive use of wind power. In an official statement, the Greenlab Skive noted that the team will soon begin researching in order to determine the size and capacity of the plant.
Speaking on the development, Commercial Director of GreenLab Skive, Christopher Sorensen, was reportedly quoted stating that the challenge of storing surplus power is inevitable but compared to conventional storage solutions, ammonia can store renewable power over a longer duration.
Incidentally, the BusinessLine reports that SGRE plans to commission a 3.375 MW wind-solar hybrid project for India’s largest energy utility, NTPC Limited. Reportedly, the project will be SGRE’s first hybrid project in India and is likely to be set up in the Bijapur District of Karnataka.
According to SGRE’s senior key expert, Jens Schiersing Thomsen, one of the major challenges that await the future of sustainable energy supply systems is storage and conversion of energy and resources. Producing clean ammonia through excessive use of wind-based electricity would be one of the solutions, Thomsen added.
Thomsen further explained that the solution would offer the benefit of using surplus energy that can be derived from peak wind situations and the manufacturing of eco-friendly and sustainable green ammonia for the environment.