Clean Energy Hubs will contribute to the future energy system by repurposing existing sunken assets with clean and flexible technologies.
Clean Energy Hubs gather and link together renewable energy carriers, energy generation, energy conversion and energy storage. Energy is generated by low-carbon and renewable sources and delivered to the grid on demand.
When the demand is lower than the supply, oversupplies are stored or converted into other energy carriers such as renewable fuels, heat & cold or electricity which can be used for the decarbonisation of other sectors.
Depending on the local conditions and needs, Clean Energy Hubs can vary shape, dimensions and components. They can either be big and centralised or small and decentralised. This flexibility include the way energy is produced, delivered and used too.
Electricity conversion / Energy generation
|At times of scarce electricity and high energy prices, Clean Energy Hubs perform their back up role by generating electricity, heat and cold from a multitude of renewable sources, such as solar thermal, bioenergy and advanced synthetic fuels.|
Depending on the input, the two different scenarios (electricity conversion and energy generation) may be active at the same time.
The biomass example
A conventional biomass power plant provides renewable electricity and heating. When integrated in a Clean Energy Hub, a biomass power plant will be also able to absorb electricity, store energy in different ways and produce renewable fuels.
As a result, it will achieve close to 90% efficiency with an increased peak capacity.
The steel mill example
A conventional steel mill can be integrated in Clean Energy Hubs and equipped with carbon capture technology, hydrogen recovery, water electrolysis, thermal storage and methanol production, with substantial emissions reductions.
This way, waste streams can be used to make the steel mill produce renewable and low-carbon fuels while contributing to the stabilisation of the electricity grid to allow for the integration of more variable renewables in the system.
Clean Energy for the European industry
Fully decarbonise energy, transports, industry and heating and cooling; stabilise the grid; produce clean fuels and biochemicals; improve energy efficiency and support jobs creation and economic growth. That’s the mission of Clean Energy Hubs!