Excess power from the generation of wind energy can be used to generate (industrial) heat, for example via power-to-gas or power-to-heat technologies. In this context, efficient heat and cold storage and the production of green gas are also of interest. The Wuppertal Institute and the Office for Energy and Technical Planning GmbH (BET) are to investigate the potential of these approaches and how they can be used for the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
This "Flexibility Study Rhineland-Palatine" is commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry of Rhineland-Palatine. With its preparation, two measures of the state’s climate protection concept are to be implemented: the "Utilisation Option for Wind Power Overcapacities" and the "Potential Study Heat and Cold Storage".
Basis of the study is the status quo of (renewable) energy generation, transport, distribution and consumption in Rhineland-Palatinate as well as the extrapolation and further development of the energy generation park and infrastructure until 2050, regarded in the context of overall evolution in Germany. The study aims to answer the following questions: