Renewable electricity can be transformed into a substitute for natural gas.

Until now, electricity was generated from gas. Now, a German-Austrian cooperation wants to go in the opposite direction. In the future, these researchers and entrepreneurs would like to store surplus electricity — such as from wind power or solar energy — as climate-neutral methane, and store it in existing gas storage facilities and the natural gas network.

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Throughout the world, electricity generation is based more and more on wind and solar energy. So far, the missing link for integrating renewable energy into the electricity supply is a smart power storage concept. Because when the wind is blowing powerfully, wind turbines generate more electricity than the power grid can absorb.

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Source: Science Daily / University of Toronto

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