30 August 2017 2017 10:30 AM GMT

Paradigm Shift For Fueling Transportation? Innogy Presents Alternative To Oil

The energy revolution is picking up speed – and now on water too. In the presence of Peter Terium, CEO of innogy SE, and Thomas Kufen, Mayor of the City of Essen, MS innogy was christened in a formal ceremony on Essen’s Lake Baldeney and put into operation as a regular passenger vessel. The excursion vessel is the first ship in Germany to be powered by an environmentally friendly methanol fuel cell. The energy required for the whole operation will come exclusively from renewable sources. It will have zero impact on the climate. With the only project of its kind in the world, innogy presents the entire value chain for the first time within the scope of the ”Green Capital of Europe – Essen 2017”, from the production of the environmentally neutral fuel using renewables to its use in a fuel cell in an excursion vessel.

Peter Terium, CEO of innogy SE said – “with MS innogy we are enabling people to experience the energy revolution directly. We obtain high-tech research from the lab and show in a very practical way what a clean energy future without oil could look like, and that includes quiet, clean propulsion systems that conserve our climate. The new MS innogy is the energy revolution that you can touch. However, it is also proof that we have the right strategy at innogy to find an alternative to oil as quickly as possible, by producing green fuels such as methanol with renewable energy and using them to drive environmentally friendly ships, aircraft and heavy goods transport”.

Thomas Kufen, Mayor of the City of Essen: “It is certainly not every day that we can christen a new passenger ship on Lake Baldeney. For that reason alone it is a very special moment. If this vessel is also driven by a technology that is unique in Europe, then we can speak of a historic moment for our city. The fact that the new vessel will be used by Weiße Flotte Baldeney GmbH in the Green Capital year pleases me for several reasons: Each year around 100,000 guests use the services of the Weiße Flotte. The vessels of the Weiße Flotte are therefore a tourist attraction for our city which will now become even more attractive. This is because the future “MS innogy” is the first passenger ship in Germany to be powered by a state-of-the-art methanol fuel cell and the vessel is part of the pilot “green fuel” project. With this innovative project, Essen-based innogy SE is chartering new territory across Europe. Water, CO2 from the air and green power combine to form a climate-neutral energy source. These provide the ideal basis for a success story.”

The passenger ship MS innogy will be powered by an environmentally friendly methanol fuel cell. The energy source is methanol, a liquid alcohol with a very high energy density. This is generated directly on Lake Baldeney in the hydroelectric plant on the weir. Carbon dioxide is filtered from the surrounding air and converted into methanol with the aid of electricity and water in a two-by-two-meter-high installation. In turn, a fuel cell uses the methanol to produce electricity on the vessel and supplies a battery-backed electric motor. Most importantly, the entire process is carbon-neutral and therefore does not negatively impact the climate. While in operation, the engine of the vessel only releases the amount of carbon dioxide that is filtered from the air for the production of methanol.

Cleaner fuels, known as “green fuels”, make a substantial contribution toward speeding up the transition of transport from fuels which are damaging to the environment, like petrol and diesel, to environmentally friendly alternatives such as “green” methanol or pure electric vehicles. innogy is systematically driving forward the development of a climate-friendly transport system. The Essen-based energy company is already one of the leading solution providers for electric mobility in Germany and Europe. Passenger cars can already be driven electrically without any difficulty. However, in many areas of logistics, such as in the case of ships, trucks, and aircraft, it will take a relatively long time until they can also be operated on a purely electric basis. In this case, the “green fuel” solution presented by innogy could be an interim solution to reduce climate-damaging emissions in the transport sector quickly and efficiently.

Photo: Courtesy of innogy SE

December 12th 2017
Global Trade In Biofuels Featured At International Renewable Mobility Conference

A significant proportion of global energy use, is in transportation. Action is crucially needed to bring about an energy turnaround in this sector and it’s a topic that has moved higher up the political agenda again since Dieselgate, and with growing calls for a rapid introduction of electromobility. In Germany, the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen) has calculated the final energy consumption of 728 TWh by the transport sector in 2016. Data from the German Environment Agency (UBA) reveals that over 90 percent of fuel deployed is derived from mineral oil. World-leading experts meeting in a parallel forum at the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility will analyse biofuel trading worldwide, examining various perspectives on requirements, the current state of play and forecasts.

December 13th 2017
EDF Commissions 179 MW At Two Solar Power Plants In Nevada

Policy makers led by US Senator Harry Reid were present at a celebration formally recognising Switch Stations 1 and 2 solar power plants, with a combined generation capacity of 179 MWac, as fully commissioned and in commercial operation. Senator Reid stated “Less than a decade ago, Nevada’s solar energy landscape was nonexistent, but this commissioning helps fulfil the vision I had to make our state the leader in renewable energy development. A technology giant like Switch committing to using 100% renewable energy is truly visionary and grows our clean energy economy by creating hundreds of good-paying construction jobs here.”

December 12th 2017
Renewable Future Challenges UK And Germany To Build Flexibility In Power Systems

A new economic study highlights that future energy systems in the UK and Germany, with very high levels of variable renewable generation, must be complemented by flexible resources, including energy storage. The study was released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). “This study highlights a seismic shift in how power systems will operate in the future. As wind and solar become the cheapest options for power generation, the race is on to develop and deploy the flexible resources that will complement them,” said Albert Cheung, head of global analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

December 8th 2017
India: Increased Commitment By Government Drives Demand For Solar Inverters

SMA has announced that it sold more than 1GW of solar inverters into all market segments in India in 2017. SMA inverter sales in the commercial sector have doubled compared to last year, corresponding to a market share of 30%. In total, the installed SMA inverter base in India exceeds 3 gigawatts. “India is one of the key markets for SMA in the Asia Pacific region. In the last 3 years, we have seen strong commitment from the Indian government driving growing market demand in the solar sector”.


 

   

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