During the Annual Power to Gas Conference 2016, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena), German Energy Agency, pushed for the use of innovative technologies in energy transition. Around 200 decision-makers and experts from politics, industry, science and society met in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss general conditions and business models for the conversion of renewable electricity into gas (Power to Gas). During the final plenary session, Andreas Kuhlmann, dena's Chief Executive, pointed out the initiatives already taken by businesses and individual states, and advocated the removal of regulations that are holding back the market development of Power to Gas.
‘We need more scope for the development of innovative technologies during the energy transition. This conference has provided important impetus for that. The energy transition is a complex, disruptive process with no straightforward, predictable, linear development. We can't know today what technologies we'll need 10, 20 or even 30 years from now. That's why we should not commit ourselves from the start to certain technologies to the exclusion of others, but set goals that we want to achieve as efficiently as possible. If it's a matter of protecting the environment, storing renewable energy and being able to use it beyond the electricity sector, then Power to Gas is a very exciting solution in every respect. However, within the present energy policy framework, this all-round talent has no fair access to the market. We have to change that. In our Power to Gas Potentiality Atlas we show where we must begin, if we are to achieve that.’
The Power to Gas Potentiality Atlas was created by dena's Power to Gas Strategy Platform and presented at the conference. The regions around the Lower Elbe, Weser and Ems, Central Germany, Berlin and Brandenburg, the Neckar, and the Rhein, Main and Ruhr are particularly favourable locations for market development. Measures recommended in the Potentiality Atlas include changes to the Electricity Market Act and the Renewable Energy Sources Act, the speedy implementation of the EU's Fuel Quality Directive, and stronger cooperation between the various parties involved.
Speakers at the conference included Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary Undersecretary to the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure; Garrelt Duin, North Rhine-Westphalia's Energy Minister; and Robert Habeck, Schleswig-Holstein's Energy Transition Minister. In addition, there were representatives from companies such as Thyssen Krupp, 50 Hertz Transmission and EnBW, as well as from associations, research institutes and non-government organisations.
Further information on the Potentiality Atlas and the Strategy Platform is available at www.powertogas.info.