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dena has been in charge of the Power to Gas Strategy Platform since 2011. Together with partners from business, associations and science, it analyses the importance of Power to Gas for the use of renewable electricity and defines the conditions for utilisation of the system solution for economical and large-scale technical deployment. In addition to this, the platform enters into a dialogue with politicians and informs the public on the innovative Power to Gas system solution.


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Power to Gas Strategy Platform.

Power to Gas – an innovative system solution for the energy turnaround.

The German energy system is changing fundamentally. The Federal Government set the course for a sustainable energy supply with its 2010 Energy Concept and the resolutions on an accelerated energy turnaround in 2011. For example, greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by at least 80 percent by 2050 compared with 1990. The Federal Government has also set other ambitious goals, e.g. increasing the proportion of gross final energy consumption supplied via renewable energy to 60 percent by 2050. Innovative technical solutions are required to reach these goals and guarantee a secure and economical energy supply. Power to Gas is a particularly promising system solution.

The idea behind Power to Gas is to convert renewable electricity to hydrogen or methane, and store it in the gas infrastructure, and then to use it in a variety of consumption areas. Hydrogen and methane from renewable electricity can be used equally in mobility, industrial, heat supply and electricity generation applications. That makes Power to Gas a multi-system solution, which supports the integration of renewable energy into the energy system and also contributes to reaching the ambitious goals of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and the sustainability goals in all areas of consumption. As an electricity storage method, Power to Gas can also contribute to compensating the increasing fluctuations in electricity generation from wind and solar energy, and facilitate long-term use of electricity which could not be integrated directly into the electricity grid at times of particularly high renewable generation. Thus, Power to Gas makes the change from an electricity turnaround to an energy turnaround possible.

Power to Gas is the subject of much attention and debate among experts. Supply security and diversification of energy sources play an important role. In recent years, the market stakeholders have taken major steps to paving the way for a market launch of the system solution.

With the Power to Gas Strategy Platform, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and its partners are supporting the use and development of the Power to Gas system solution. In the Strategy Platform, partners from business, associations and science pool their diverse expertise and experience. Regular workshops are held to discuss the most important issues on the development and market launch of the Power to Gas system solution.


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