Projects of our WIVA network

We are very happy about the numerous associated projects in our network. The joint creation of potential synergies far beyond the scope of projects helps us to increase our own potentials.

HYDROMETHA – Development of a stationary electricity storage system via high temperature co-electrolysis and catalytic methanation


Conventional Power-to-Gas systems (storage of surplus electricity in CO2 neutral gases) operate with electrolysis of water and optionally with subsequent methanation. With the flagship project HYDROMETHA a novel, fully integrated system of CO2+H2O high-temperature co-electrolysis (Co-SOEC) and catalytic methanation will be developed. The interconnection of these processes, as well as component and operational optimization will allow a significant increase in conversion efficiencies above 80%el. Due to system simplifications, increased lifetime and durability, as well as optimizations of the process chain, essential cost reductions and thus enhanced market potentials are expected. Additionally, operational strategies oriented on real energy market requirements, including part-load, stand-by and load-following operation will be developed, and the core system of high-temperature co-electrolysis with coupled methanation will be built up, characterized and tested in the form of a 10kWel function carrier. Due to the participation of five reputable industrial LOI partners, a strongly market oriented development can be achieved from a very early state of research.

SuperP2G – Synergies utilising renewable power regionally by means of Power to Gas

Integration of energy vectors is key to ensure cost-efficient inclusion of renewable energy. This is highlighted in the SET-Plan Action 4 Implementation Plan as well as the ETIP SNET R&I roadmap 2017-26, where P2G is mentioned explicitly. P2G will contribute to the overall efficiency and balancing of the energy system with energy storage and transfer of green energy to industry, transport and energy conversion. There are around 30 P2G pilot/test facilities in various EU regions, most being publicly supported; regional commercial P2G-projects have however not yet emerged. This phase of innovation is typically called the valley of death. Several factors prevents private investments; such as lack of business strategies enabling use of P2G for multiple grid services required by regional energy system operators. SuperP2G will ensure that P2G solutions approach commercial implementation by contributing to 1) technical optimization and system integration, 2) market access and uptake as well as for 3) development of solutions for organization and adoption. The approach is to interconnect leading P2G initiatives, locally anchored in five countries, ensuring joint learning and co-development of solutions. Each national project focuses on different challenges, where researchers team up with local need-owners to co-create solutions to their specific issues. Each project consider all three dimensions of Integration but with different focus. Each project looks at key aspects in the three layer research model and moves the P2G technology forward.
The objective of the Austrian share in the project SuperP2G is analysing the future demand for renewable H2 and SNG for the Austrian industry / in the Austrian model region WIVA P&G, including aspects of cost development based on existing tools CoLLeCT, PResTiGE, and MOVE. Additionally, the data on the future demand and cost development is prepared for usage in the overall SuperP2G tool.
Results, best practices and experiences are shared between the project stakeholders and integrated in the ERA-NET Knowledge Community. This allows a transnational 360° view of P2G. The consortium will assess how P2G may come into play, enhancing renewables and regional system integration. Specifically, analyses will include regional uptake of green gases, regional stakeholder involvement and the potential to expand P2G to other EU regions.
Funding program: ENERGIE DER ZUKUNFT, Smart Energy Systems, ERA-Net SES

HERO – Hydrogen Refuelling Optimisation

The goal of the project HERO is the development of a cost-efficient, optimised and safe hydrogen refuelling station, which will also be analysed by different use-cases and therefore help to represent a successful business case. The design and engineering of new dispenser systems and the optimisation of existing refuelling strategies will help to reduce the overall costs and increase the efficiency by maintaining the high safety standards. At the same time, the development and implementation of new cooling concepts, will support the development of a reliable operation strategy for 350 and 700 bar refuelling.
Funding programm: Leuchttürme eMobilität, Zero Emission Mobility