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Power-to-Gas: The Legal Framework for a Long- Term Energy Storage Technology in Germany

Eyk Bösche, Anika Nicolaas Ponder, Henning Thomas


Germany’s ambitious renewable energy strategy has uncovered some deficiencies in the current energy system. As the development of solar energy and wind farms continues, an expansion and reinforcement of the grid is needed to reach remote production sites and absorb the highly intermittent renewable energy inputs these produce. The strain on the grid can, to a certain extent, be relieved through storage of renewable energy during peak-production hours. Storage technologies may support the integration of intermittent renewable energy into the energy systems. In this light, this article investigates the technology, functions and the legal framework of ‘power-to-gas’, a novel storage concept with ample application potential and flexibility.

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