ABO Wind Plans Pilot project in Kirchheim: Turning wind into hydrogen
ABO Wind Plans Pilot project in Kirchheim: Turning wind into hydrogen
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, November 23, 2017
  • New wind farm to provide electrolyser for hydrogen filling station with electricity
  • Demo plant planned in 2018
  • Regional companies talk about possible cooperation

Wiesbaden / Kirchheim / Bad Hersfeld -- Not only in the electricity sector, but also in the shift towards green fuels, there is still much to do. One way to replace diesel and gasoline are hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The Wiesbaden-based project developer ABO Wind yesterday, together with its partners, the H2BZ Initiative Hessen eV, the Regionalmanagement Nordhessen / MoWiN.net and the petrol station operator Frank Roth, invited to the event "Green Hydrogen in Mobility" in Bad Hersfeld.

ABO Wind is currently commissioning a wind farm in neighboring Kirchheim with a total rated output of 9.9 megawatts. The three Nordex N131 plants produce around 30 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity. This could be used to supply all Kirchheim households and additionally an electrolyzer for a wind-hydrogen filling station. 

The event was presented to logisticians, bus companies, public transport authorities and energy suppliers, ie potential customers of the future hydrogen refueling station. In attendance for the event was Jörg Wirtz, project manager of the ABO Wind Division for Future Energies, Georg von Aretin, ABO Wind Department Manager for Planning Hesse, and operator Frank Roth. In all, around 15 participants, including employees of the H2BZ initiative, Stadtwerke Bad Hersfeld as well as manufacturers of electrolyzers, were driven to the individual wind turbines with a fuel cell bus from the Winzenhöler bus company. 

Georg von Aretin reported on the planning and construction of the wind farm. 

Jörg Wirtz presented the plans for the hydrogen filling station.

As a first step, a demo system will be installed next year, consisting of a small electrolyser, whose hydrogen production will be used at a local hydrogen filling station. The hydrogen pump will be able to fill up to two to four fuel cell cars a day.

The public bus of the municipality of  Kirchheim could be operated electrically and supplied with the hydrogen from the demo system. 

For this project, ABO Wind wants to seek funding from the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology NOW GmbH and the state of Hessen. 

With Frank Roth there is already a potential operator for the future hydrogen refueling station, which could have a final output of two megawatts and would thus be designed to refuel around 200 fuel cell cars a day. 

"The energy transition is more than just the exit from fossil power generation," explains Wirtz. "Without the heat and transport change, we can not cut our CO2 emissions enough to meet Paris' climate protection goals - we need sector coupling for this, and our pilot project for a direct-to-wind hydrogen filling station is a very good example."

After the commissioning, a forum with around 40 participants took place in Bad Hersfeld. 

Manfred Draschner from Toyota Germany spoke about fuel cell vehicles from cars to trucks. 

Reinhold Wurster from Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik spoke about the advantages of e-mobility in logistics. Christian Winzenhöler of the bus company of the same name reported on his experience with fuel cell buses. 

Jörg Wirtz outlined CO2-free mobility options using the example of logistics centers and bus depots. 

After the presentations, the participants exchanged views on possible cooperation between the companies in the region.