Monday, September 24, 2012

Hydrogen as electricity storage

Ms Bjorg Rode from the Norwegian company Hydrogenpartner (, will give a short talk about Waste to Energy and Hydrogen as electricity storage at our Thursday meeting 27th Sept 2012. 

Although the concept of extracting methane from landfill and using this to produce electricity is well known, the process offered by Hydrogenpartner not only achieves a much higher amount of electricity for the same volume of waste, but this process also reduces the waste by over 90 % and can handle problem waste such as tyres, plastics, waste oil, hazardous waste as well as normal municipal solid waste. If required, the customer may also choose to produce liquid fuel instead of electricity.

One of the challenges of renewable energy produced from wind and solar is that when the wind stops blowing (or indeed is blowing too hard) or the sun stop shining, the electricity is no longer produced. For small installations (less than 1 MW), batteries are still a good storage option, but for larger installation other storage mechanisms re needed. Hydrogenpartner's solution splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable energy, and hydrogen can then be used to produce elecricity when required using one or more fuel cells. Some more information on this process can also be found in this month's edition of Energize and the article my be downloaded at 

Bjorg Rode 

Bjorg Rode has over 18 years experience from the electricity industry ranging from mining and delivery of coal, transmission, distribution, marketing, tariff design and energy trading. She worked for Eskom for over 10 years and from 2006 she assisted the Southern African Power Pool in implementing the Day Ahead Market for trading of electricity which went live in 2009 in 12 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Ms Rode was also involved in the development of the Renewable Energy Industry in South Africa and assisted Innovation Norway with the Renewable Energy portion of their MatchMaking Programme in South Africa. In 2011 she returned to Norway to be closer to her familiy and has been working with Hydrogenpartner since then.

Her formal qualifications are in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture, Computer Science, Operation Research as well as General Management while her experience has been in strategy development and implementation, change management, process design, project management, procurement, information systems development and implementation and energy trading.

Business Development Manager Hydrogenpartner AS
+47 90 40 97 61 (Norway)
+27 83 273 3639 (South Africa)


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