Alternative Fuels

Power-to-gas developers seek state support

More and more gas companies are investing in power-to-gas pilots, but supporters say projects will be profitable only if they receive initial state support More and more gas companies are investing in power-to-gas pilots, but supporters say projects will be profitable only if they receive initial state support.
By Silvia Favasuli 30 October 2017 0 28159
A hydrogen generating plant. A hydrogen generating plant. The gas could be used to store excess energy from renewables. (Caloric)

Projects using electricity to produce hydrogen or synthetic gas (syngas) are being piloted across Europe with promising results, but proponents of the technologies say state support is needed to develop them on a commercial scale. 

The concept is popular in Germany, where more than 20 power-to-gas pilot projects are currently running. Some are being tested by the big energy companies, such as Uniper, E.On or RWE, while others are being piloted by car companies, such as Audi. 

In France, Engie is experimenting with injecting...