The German city of Herzogenrath is developing an energy farm that will cover its energy demand with zero CO2 emissions by 2030. GREEN Solar Herzogenrath and Siemens Energy have signed a cooperation agreement to develop an economically viable concept aimed at seeking available funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the federal German government, and the EU.
The concept involves building on an existing solar farm operated by GREEN Solar. The concept includes expanding the generation of power from solar energy and building a number of wind turbines. The power generated will be stored for use when electricity demand exceeds supply capacity. In addition, the heat produced through these processes and through renewable sources will be used to supply local houses with “green” heat via district heating networks.
They are also planning to construct a hydrogen production facility. With the aid of Siemens’ Silyzer 300 technology, excess electricity will be converted into hydrogen by means of electrolysis and either stored or used to operate cars.