THE INGRID PLANT: THE BEGINNING OF THE DEMONSTRATION PHASE BY ENGINEERING
Description: The demonstration phase of the INGRID pilot is foreseen in the next period and it is aimed at validating the objectives of the Project. First of all, the operational phase will give an important feedback about the collaboration of the DSO with a multi carrier hub like the one INGRID implements. The DSO will daily or weekly provide the plant with a consumption profile, that the plant will try to follow by also taking into account the constraints of the hydrogen production and distribution processes. The Energy Management System (EMS) of the plant will manage the storage devices in order to make them available to receive the corresponding hydrogen in that period. Working as a variable load, the electrolyser is expected to significantly affect the grid, in terms of balancing service, since it will support the DSO for the overall stability of the grid. This impact will be registered and quantified by e-distribuzione. On the other hand, since most of the power consumed will be produced by the RES available in the zone, the operational phase will demonstrate the effectiveness of the use of the Hydrogen Solid-state Storage to stock “green energy”, avoiding the RES curtailment, unavoidable otherwise. The cooperation with the DSO concerns also the generation capacity offered by the plant: during the demonstration phase, part of the hydrogen stored in the magnesium sponges will supply a fuel cell able to provide ancillary services to the LV grid and to support the EV recharging. Most of the activities regarding the plant construction, the health and safety policy, and device transportation have been finalized.
Several system components have been already shipped to the plant in Troia and partially installed.
• The Water Electrolyser and the Fuel Cell have been delivered by Hydrogenics, installed and placed inside the plant.
• The filling stations for the Hydrogen Solid-state Storage have been delivered by McPhy Energy, along with their gas panel and electrical cabinet. The gas distribution panel has been delivered to be connected with the Water Electrolyser. The magnesium blocks have been delivered too and installed in their respective stations. The magnesium-based storage devices are now being tested and certified by the designated figures.
• BFP has concluded all the civil works: the control room, the transformer cabin and the repository for the hydrogen blocks have been built up. The electrical connections to the MV and LV grid have been performed. The contracts for telecommunications services will be activated in the next days. Once completed the last remaining activities, concerning the gas piping and the electrical connection, the EMS will be deployed, and the operational phase will start.