Power-to-Gas: Future Technology for Sustainability
The climate protection agreement of Paris sets ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Till 2050, CO2 emissions have to be reduced by 80-95% to limit global warming to below 2 K. The goal can only be achieved through enormous efforts in the field of synthetic fuels. The Power-to-Gas technology offers a promising way to link the different sectors and use CO2 as raw material to manufacture SNG. The idea is to use electricity from renewable sources to produce hydrogen via water electrolysis and apply it to convert CO2 into SNG. The first commercial plant for CO2-methanation was built in Werlte in 2013, where MAN ES was responsible for design of the reactor system. Since then, the system is developed towards higher efficiency. Moreover, overall plant concepts are designed, evaluated and optimized by MAN ES. In our lecture, the possibilities and the optimal plant concept for large-scale applications will be described and the challenges within the current political framework are shown.
Dr. Christian Schuhbauer is Deputy Head of Design Calculation in Deggendorf. After finishing his study in mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Munich he worked as researcher at the chair for energy systems in Munich from 2009 to 2013. Since 2013 he is working as process engineer for MAN Energy Solutions in Deggendorf.