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EU and Canada team to build world’s largest hydrogen storage system

The INGRID project will combine IT tech and hydro energy storage to manage renewably sourced power

The INGRID project will help the local grid manage supply and demand
The INGRID project will help the local grid manage supply and demand

A consortium of EU and Canadian members will build the world’s largest steady state hydrogen storage system in Italy. This system will be part of the R&D smart grid project “INGRID”, which aims to balance supply and demand of renewable power using advanced ICT technologies. 

The consortium will design, build and operate the 39 MWh energy storage facility. The facility’s hydrogen energy storage installation is capable of storing more than 1 tonne of hydrogen and includes a fast responding 1.2 MW hydrogen generator.

The INGRID energy storage facility will be built in the Puglia region of Italy, which currently has an installed base of over 3,500 MW of solar, wind, and biomass energy systems.

Hydrogenics Corporation, Canadian power systems firm and partner in the project, said: “The core innovation of the INGRID project will consist of combining solid-state high-density hydrogen storage systems and electrolysis with advanced ICT technologies for smart distribution grids, where there is high penetration of renewable energy sources, in order to balance power supply and demand. The installation will provide effective and smart balancing support for the local grid.”

The consortium includes seven EU members. Italian ICT tech provider, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica will coordinate the project. Other members include Italian firm Agenzia per la tecnologia e l'Innovazione, French company McPhy Energy SA and Spanish research institute TECHNALIA. The European Commission will fund the project, within the Seventh Framework Programme for European Research and Innovation, which will take four years to complete. 

Hydrogenics Corporation said: “We are delighted to be part of this important energy storage project which further substantiates the enabling position of hydrogen technologies for renewable energy integration. The importance that the EU places on hydrogen technologies as a solution for utility-scale energy storage needs, today and into the future, is gratifying for the companies involved. The proven technologies at the core of INGRID Project are well positioned to enable greater renewable power generation around the world.”