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27. October 2018, First methanation plant in Italy opens in Troia, Apulia

On a cloudy day in Troia - Apulia, the 27 STORE&GO partners and their guests inaugurated the second STORE&GO demosite, in Italy.

In Italy, the CO2 is filtered from ambient air and is methanated catalytically together with renewable hydrogen (Power-to-Gas) and then liquefied and used to fuel natural gas vehicles or other end device applications.

The project will demonstrate an innovative, large-volume energy storage technology to balance fluctuating and intermittent renewable energy. Making use of the excess on-site photovoltaic energy, an alkaline electrolyser (200 kW) locally generates 240 cubic meters of renewable hydrogen per hour. The DAC plant from Climeworks (Direct Air Capture) using CO2 from ambient air for the methanation was installed in July 2018 and the demosite now starts operating. The captured CO2 and renewable hydrogen generated on-site are catalytically methanated (PtG) in modular reactors by the French company ATMOSTAT. The waste heat retrieved from the reactors’ cooling circuits is extracted for the operation of Climeworks’ DAC facility. The methane is then liquefied and used to fuel natural gas tanks.

The primary objective of the STORE&GO project is to demonstrate the viability of large-volume energy storage through PtG technology in real-life applications. To this end the technology will be tested and operated for about 4,000 hours in the next 17 month of the project.

Aside from ATMOSTAT and Climeworks, industrial partners of the Italian part of the STORE&GO project are ENGINEERING, who are coordinating the activities at the demosite in Italy, HYSYTECH, IREN Energia SPA and studio BFP. Supported by their research partners from CEA and Politecnico di Torino.

Atmostat

ATMOSTAT

Climeworks

Climeworks

Commune di Troia

Commune di Troia

DBI-GUT

DBI-GUT

ÈCOLE POYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE

EPFL

Electrochaea

Electrochaea

EMPA

EMPA

Energieinstitut (EIL)

Energieinstitut (EIL)

Energy Delta Institute

Energy Delta Institute

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

Energy Valley Foundation

Energy Valley

Engineering

French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V.

gwi

DVGW e. V.

DVGW

HanzeResearch

Hanze

Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

(HSR) Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil

HySyTech

hysytech

IREN

IREN

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

KIT

Polito

Polito

Regio Energie Solothurn

regioenergie

The Swiss Association of Gas and Water

svgw

thyssenkrupp

thyssenkrupp

Uniper

uniper

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

HORIZON 2020

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691797.