News from the IOB

Practical Conference on Hydrogen from Biomass and Biogas in Krefeld

On 09. and 10. Novem­ber, the 5th Prac­ti­cal Con­fe­rence on Hydro­gen from Bio­mass and Bio­gas took place in Kre­feld. The event show­ca­sed new busi­ness models and approa­ches for the decen­tra­li­sed pro­vi­si­on of hydro­gen — an important step for the the trans­for­ma­ti­on of our ener­gy sys­tem in a muni­ci­pal con­text. The IOB was repre­sen­ted by Chris­to­pher Wünning.

This is the fifth time that the event has brought tog­e­ther muni­ci­pal decis­i­on-makers, ope­ra­tors of bio­gas plants, employees of muni­ci­pal uti­li­ties and ener­gy sup­p­ly com­pa­nies, manu­fac­tu­r­ers of hydro­gen vehic­les and refuel­ling sta­ti­ons as well as poli­ti­cal decis­i­on-makers and rese­arch insti­tu­ti­ons. The event was orga­nis­ed by the H2-News team of Vulkan-Verlag-GmbH.

In addi­ti­on to elec­tro­ly­sis, the con­ver­si­on of bio­gas and bio­mass offers an alter­na­ti­ve opti­on for the pro­duc­tion of green hydro­gen. The event will focus not only on eco­no­mic con­side­ra­ti­ons, but also on tech­ni­cal issues, mar­ke­ting, pro­ject plan­ning for decen­tra­li­sed hydro­gen pro­duc­tion plants and the deve­lo­p­ment of infra­struc­tu­re and uti­li­sa­ti­on technologies.

In the pilot plant of the BMWK-fun­ded BioH2Ref pro­ject, hydro­gen is pro­du­ced from bio­gas by means of steam reforming and down­stream water gas shift reac­tion (WGS) and pres­su­re swing adsorp­ti­on (PSA). The IOB is pro­vi­ding sci­en­ti­fic sup­port for the BioH2Ref pro­ject. This includes the green­house gas and life cycle assess­ment of the pro­cess plant as well as inves­ti­ga­ting the poten­ti­al uti­li­sa­ti­on of the cap­tu­red CO2. Chris­to­pher Wün­ning pre­sen­ted the pos­si­ble CO2 uti­li­sa­ti­on opti­ons in a pre­sen­ta­ti­on on the first day of the prac­ti­cal con­fe­rence. The evening event was held at the Mer­cu­re Con­fe­rence and Coun­try Hotel for an exch­an­ge of experiences.

On the second day of the prac­ti­cal con­fe­rence, the­re were fur­ther exci­ting pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, inclu­ding hydro­gen refuel­ling sta­ti­on manu­fac­tu­rer MAXIMATOR Hydro­gen GmbH and hydro­gen vehic­le manu­fac­tu­rer Toyo­ta Deutsch­land GmbH. A hydro­gen-powered was­te vehic­le, which is used by Ent­sor­gungs­be­trie­be Essen GmbH, was also exhi­bi­ted in the car park. The vehic­le has four tanks with a total capa­ci­ty of 17 kg of hydro­gen, which sup­p­ly two fuel cells. This means that the was­te coll­ec­tion vehic­le on dis­play can easi­ly com­ple­te a day’s journey.

The event con­cluded with a tour of the bio­gas plant and the BioH2Ref pro­ject test faci­li­ty at Lef­kes­hof, a fami­ly farm near Kre­feld with over 200 dairy cows.
We would like to thank the orga­nisers for the con­fe­rence with exci­ting pre­sen­ta­ti­ons and dis­cus­sions and the Schleu­pen fami­ly for the visit to their Lef­kes­hof farm.