In a pilot project at the OMV site in the Lower Austrian town of Auersthal, a power-to-gas installation was implemented and a high-pressure electrolyser developed to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen by means of wind power. The sustainably generated hydrogen is fed directly into the high-pressure grid of the OMV compressor station at Auersthal. This allows flexibility in storing the gas and transporting it to the consumer.
Keeping technical and legal approval aspects in mind, all the project partners are carrying out tests to establish the best way to feed the renewable hydrogen into the natural gas network and to find the ideal transport solution for filling up with and using hydrogen. In conjunction with the legal, commercial and ecological evaluations of the Energy Institute, the companies want to create the foundations for an extended rollout of this innovative technology.