SGRE signs up to new ammonia pilot

DENMARK: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed a collaboration agreement with a Danish research firm to investigate the potential of storing excess renewable energy with ammonia.

GreenLab Skive are developing an innovation centre in northern Denmark
GreenLab Skive are developing an innovation centre in northern Denmark

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SGRE will partner with business fund Energifonden Skive and the Danish group’s Greenlab Skive facility in northern Denmark on a pilot storage project.

The programme between Greenlab Skive and the turbine manufacturer will "examine, over the next few years, how they can set up a green ammonia pilot plant".

"They will soon embark on their initial investigations, which include determining plant size and capacity," said GreenLab Skive.

SGRE’s majority shareholder Siemens launched its own ammonia pilot in the UK in June.

Producing ammonia – typically used as a farming fertiliser but which can also burn cleanly in gas turbines – is usually an energy- and carbon-intensive process.

Using excess wind power, the project partners hope the process can be made clean.  

"We’ll be grappling with one of the major challenges to our energy system: storing surplus power," said GreenLab Skive commercial director Christopher Sorensen.

Unlike other storage solutions, ammonia offers the potential to store renewable power over a longer period.

SGRE senior key expert Jens Schiersing Thomsen added: "In the green, sustainable energy supply systems of the future, one of our biggest challenges will be storing and converting energy and resources.

"One solution may be the use of surplus wind-based electricity to produce eco-friendly ammonia.

"This solution would offer double benefits: using the surplus energy that arises in peak wind situations, and creating a new, sustainable product we call ‘green’ ammonia."

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