Startdate INGRID project: 2012. Budget €24 million.
From the DOE:
The INGRID project will combine the recent advances in Smart Grids and hydrogen-based energy storage to match energy supply and demand and optimize the electricity generated by intermittent Renewable Energy Sources while ensuring security and stability of the power distribution network The consortium will design, build, deploy and operate a 39 MWh energy storage facility using McPhy hydrogen-based solid state storage and Hydrogenics electrolysis technology and fuel cell power systems in the Puglia region in Italy, where over 3.500 MW of solar, wind, and biomass are already installed. The hydrogen energy storage installation, with more than 1 ton of safely stored hydrogen (the largest ever built), including a novel fast responding 1.2 MW hydrogen generator, will be fully controlled by advanced smart grid solutions provided by Engineering and will provide effective and smart balancing support for the local grid managed by Enel Distribuzione. Several potential value streams for the generated carbon-neutral hydrogen will be investigated.
[energystorageexchange.org] – INGRID Hydrogen Demonstration Project
[ingridproject.eu] – Ingrid project site
[arti.puglia.it] – High-capacity hydrogen-based green-energy storage solutions for grid balancing
[cordis.europa.eu] – High-capacity hydrogen-based green-energy storage solutions for grid balancing
[wikipedia.org] – Hydrogenics, Canadian participant in the consortium.